DIY Food

Thyme for a mas­ter tonic

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Contents - Words Kristina Jensen

Awhile ago, I had a wee heart scare. It's usu­ally noth­ing ma­jor, just an atrial flut­ter where my heart de­cides to do a quick samba. It leaves me breath­less and slightly giddy, un­for­tu­nately without the ro­mance and pas­sion of danc­ing.

Usu­ally I calm my heart rate down quite quickly by putting my head be­tween my knees and tak­ing a few deep breaths.

But this time it didn't. I ended up tak­ing an emer­gency flight to hos­pi­tal early one Sun­day morn­ing.

In the last 18 months I've had ver­tigo and have been nurs­ing a sore shoul­der. I be­gan to won­der if turn­ing 50 had some­how set the down­hill gears in mo­tion.

Upon closer ex­am­i­na­tion, it seems it's not nec­es­sar­ily the phys­i­cal things I am do­ing but mostly to do with the Mind. Mine ap­pears to re­quire some stern talk­ing-to in the de­part­ment of fu­ture think­ing.

I am a mi­cro man­ager. There are five cal­en­dars adorn­ing the walls. Lists are scat­tered here and there. I wake up in the morn­ing and am im­me­di­ately bom­barded with all these ‘ to-dos'.

Ver­tigo made me stop in my tracks and lie down, some­times for hours at a time. Now it seems this lit­tle heart of mine is re­mind­ing me again to pay at­ten­tion to my mind and to the peo­ple and things around me.

I'm start­ing to sound like Eck­hart Tolle, a spir­i­tual au­thor whose most pop­u­lar work is The Power of Now. He is an ad­vo­cate for emp­ty­ing the mind of the clut­ter, that in­ces­sant chat­ter.

This is what I am learn­ing to do and it's great!

At the heart of what I'm writ­ing about is find­ing time to be in the 'now'. As soon as I start think­ing that I don't have enough of it, things start to go down­hill.

It's a good thing I have my gar­den to re­treat to, the piece of earth that helps me at­tain the power of now.

It is through gar­den­ing that I also ac­quired a love of thyme. As a culi­nary herb, it adds un­par­al­leled aroma and flavour to a dish, but it's also full of pun-po­ten­tial.

Thyme and thyme again, it's my go-to for ail­ments. Got a sore throat? Gar­gle a mouth­ful or two of a thyme in­fu­sion. Need a pick-me-up? Try a cup of thyme tea. Feel­ing a cold com­ing on? In­hale it, eat it, drink it.

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