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Why You need More Thyme

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While it may be impossible to get more time in your day, it’s certainly doable to get more thyme in your diet this fall. Not only is it a delectable accompaniment to many-a-autumn dishes (including any savory Thanksgiving fare), but it also packs a good amount of benefits to your overall health and skin. For instance, did you know that researchers found that topical applications of thyme are more effective at treating acne than some standard chemical-based creams. In addition to having powerful anti-inflammatory properties, thyme also has antiseptic & anti-fungal properties, increases circulation, slows the aging process by increasing fatty acids in the brain, can be used to treat insect bites & more. Here are a couple of recipes using thyme that we love!


Banana Thyme Face Mask via Prevention Magazine

To make: Combine 1 medium ripe banana, 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh thyme, 1/4 cup of yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Spread the mixture over your clean face, let sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water.


Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes via Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch rounds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus a few sprigs for garnish
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, toss the sweet-potato rounds with olive oil, thyme, garlic, red pepper, and salt.
  2. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, garnish with thyme sprigs, and place in oven. Roast until tender and starting to brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a platter, and serve.