It takes courage and strength to keep on going when everything around is changing and evolving.
That is precisely why Thyme is our herb of the moment. The word Thyme in its Latin glory of thymus means courage and this lovely lady has been associated with that sense of bold courage since ancient times. Egyptians used thyme in mummification preparations and Roman soldiers ate a robust meal with thyme before entering battle. The thymus gland itself in our bodies, which peaks at its level of importance and productivity at the apex of puberty, is so busy bringing all the T-cells to maturity in the body in order to fight infections for the rest of our lives.
It is no wonder that one of Thyme’s major function for the body is to boost the immune system, aiding in the necessary, courageous armor to ward off disease in the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the metal element associated with the lungs and our wei qi is the first layer of defense against pathogens. And who to best report for duty in supporting that respiratory system? Why, Thyme of course. Also aiding in reducing inflammation and acting as a powerful antiseptic, Thyme is right on time these days. As we remain in a global pandemic, with compromised immune systems creating space for sickness to thrive, it is vital to offer our body the best defense possible!
Along with these functions, Thyme offers other healing benefits. Carvacrol is found in Thyme and has been purported to help increase serotonin and dopamine levels, which is something we could all use. Supporting heart health, healthy skin, and acting as an antioxidant, there is not much this courageous tiny leaved plant can’t do. In the cocktail today, I am also incorporating Butterfly Pea Flower to add an extra boost of antioxidants. This vibrantly colored flower has been used in the Ayurvedic healing tradition throughout history as a wonderful plant ally supporting overall health and wellness. Enjoy with courage and strength!
It’s Thyme for Courage
- 1 oz. Vodka with courage
- 1 1/2 oz. citrus-thyme syrup*
- 1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- 3 oz. Sauvignon Blanc strength
- Large Butterfly Pea Tea ice cube
Preparation: In an oversized glass of choice, place large Butterfly Pea Flower Tea ice cube. In a separate tin, stir vodka and syrup over ice and strain into glass with ice cube. Add wine. Lemon and grapefruit juice combined, pour into cocktail and watch the changing Thyme.
Equal parts organic cane sugar & water. At simmer, add meyer lemon, grapefruit & orange peels along with a generous amount of fresh thyme. Keep at simmer until stems soften. After cooled, double strain and use with intention.