Thyme vs Oregano
Thyme is a cousin of another common, versatile herb, oregano. While there are some similarities between the two, there are also a few differences. Here’s how these two spices stack up:
- Has more vitamin A and vitamin C
- Commonly taken by mouth for bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throat, colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bedwetting, intestinal gas (flatulence), parasitic worm infections and skin disorders
- Natural diuretic
- Appetite stimulant
Often paired with poultry, meat, eggs, and used in soups, thyme has a subtle minty flavor (it’s part of the mint family) with some lemony brightness and subtle earthiness.
- Has more potassium, iron and calcium
- Used for respiratory tract disorders, such as coughs, asthma, croup and bronchitis.
- Also used for GI disorders, such as heartburn and bloating
- Treats menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, UTIs, headaches and heart conditions
Small, bright green leaves with spicy, pungent flavor. Good for Italian and Greek dishes as well as other meat, poultry, and vegetable dishes. Robust. Tangy. Spicy. Dark green peppery-flavored oregano leaves are prized for their pungent bold taste and tantalizing aroma. A perennial that prefers well-drained slightly alkaline soil and full sun, oregano grows from seed, cuttings or by root division. Of the genus Origanum vulgare, this beloved herb can be enjoyed at any stage of growth. The plants are topped with numerous tiny pretty purple or white flowers. A relative of sweet marjoram, oregano has a distinctly stronger and even spicier flavor.
- Contain thymol and carvacrol, both of which have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria
- Potent antioxidants