Wild thyme is one of the most versatile plant species you can find in the Alps. Not only does it smell incredibly good, it also tastes wonderful! In this blogpost we explain its benefits and tell you how to prepare it.
Where does wild thyme grow?
The aromatic dwarf shrub grows in sunny regions, in dry fields and in warm, rocky, or sandy soils from the valleys up to 2800 meters above sea level.
What are the benefits and how can I prepare it?
Collect the leaves and flowers during the flowering period, put them in a cup and pour hot water over them; let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes. Thyme is an excellent remedy for coughs, inflammation and sore throats. It also stimulates the secretion of saliva and gastric juice and can ease flatulence and bloating. Thyme dried in summer unfolds its sunny warmth even on cold winter days. As a spice, it pairs excellently with meat, sauces and soups.
If you can’t pick thyme fresh, you can also buy it dried. Thyme can also have healing properties in the form of oil, ointment, or cream to counteract coughs and sore throats.
Would you like to learn more about what herbs the Swiss Alps naturally have to offer? In our “From Switzerland with love” Kit we deliver you a lot of wisdom about the Swiss alpine herbs and much more.