I'm preparing to do a massive cook off today and using this thyme for various dishes.
Looks so beautiful and smells amazing.
This magical herb boasts all manner of health benefits and has been used for thousands of years for various reasons, aside from flavouring food.
Apparently, the ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming and the ancient Greeks used it as incense or added to their bathwater, believing that this herb helped with courage and bravery. The Romans used thyme to flavour their cheese and alcohol and apparently offered it as a cure for sadness or shyness. Thyme was used in the middle ages to ward off nightmares and to aid sleep. You could try leaving a bunch under your pillow... At this time, the herb was also placed on coffins during funerals as it was believed to assure passage into the next life.
Nowadays, thyme is used to flavour all sorts of dishes including meat, soups and stews. I've been known to juice it as it's full of vitamin A and C (think radiant skin and immune boosting) but is an acquired taste and most people prefer using this herb in savoury dishes.
If you are suffering from a cough or bronchitis, try making a tea by infusing thyme in water. Traditionally, thyme tea has been used for respiratory problems as it has antiseptic properties (thymol - found in lots of mouthwashes!).
The flowers, leaves and oil of thyme have been used as a natural remedy for all kinds of ailments including bedwetting, diarrhoea, stomach aches, colic, sore throats and is said to help in the digestion of fatty foods.
A wonder herb which you can easily grow in your garden. There's no thyme like the present. Apparently all you need is full sun, very good drainage and poor quality soil! If you have rich garden soil, you're better to grow in pots using poor soil and grit. I am going to plant this pot and hopefully it will grow in abundance... any tips from green fingered friends are welcome.