Thyme, Thymus vulgaris
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Thyme is a Mediterranean herb, which means it likes moisture, but needs complete drainage.
Mediterranean herbs grow on rocky slopes, but get enough rain to keep the roots moist. (When you want to know the culture or how to grow a plant, look at it’s native habitat.) Plant thyme where it will get plenty of drainage. This perennial herb is hardy to zone 4, but it is beneficial to mulch over the winter to prevent the plants from heaving out of the ground. Low growing thyme makes a great border, adding utility and beauty, especially when clipped.
Part used: the leaf and stem
FUNCTION: Thyme is generally used as a culinary herb and overlooked as a medicinal herb. Dynamic and generous it its applications, thyme is one of my favorite herbs. The genus Thymus is derived from the Greek word meaning “to fumigate” implying the strong cleansing quality. I included this potent liberally in my foods and teas during March and April 2020. It helps to maintain healthy lung function, and it’s terpenes expand like eucalyptus dispersing it’s expansive and cleansing qualities- ahhh!