Article - ThymeCommon Name: COMMON GARDEN THYME (Thymus vulgaris)
- THYME - CAMPHOR (Thymus camphoratus)
- THYME - CREEPING , MOTHER OF (Thymus pulegioides)
- THYME - DOONE VALLEY (LEMON) (Thymus x 'Doone Valley')
- THYME - GOLDEN (Thymus serpyllum aureus)
- THYME - LEMON (Thymus citriodorus)
- THYME - PINK (Thymus serpyllum)
- THYME - SILVER POSIE (Thymus x citriodorus)
- THYME - WHITE (Thymus serpyllum albus)
There are three
different groups of thyme eg. Mounding thyme ex. "Doone
Valley", Creeping thyme ex. "Mother of Thyme" ;"Pink Thyme"; "White
Thyme", and Upright thyme ex. "Silver Posy Thyme"
Thyme". The classic culinary Thyme, being Garden Thyme,
has an upright growing habit that makes it easier to pick.
Garden Thyme is a small, aromatic perennial herb with thin woody stems. It bears small greyish green leaves and small violet flowers. It needs a sunny position and not much water. In their natural environment Thymes grow at the edges of paths and on warm, dry, rocky banks - something that you can easily create in your garden.
Of all the Thymes, Garden Thyme is the best to use for cooking.
Use it in meat, poultry and fish dishes, stews, egg, vegetable, & cheese dishes, cakes & pastry, mayonnaise and salad sauces, soups and herbal teas.
Flavour oils and vinegars with Garden Thyme.
Fresh Garden Thyme is delicious when sprinkled on salads.
Always consult someone with herbal knowledge before self medicating with herbs.
When using Garden Thyme medicinally I would like to recommend the following method of the herbal tea infusion
½ teaspoon dried herb( Thyme is a very strong herb)
or 1 tablespoon fresh herb to 1 cup boiling water
Place the herbs in a container with a lid. Pour the boiling water over the herbs.
Cover and stand for 5-15 minutes. Strain. Add sugar or honey if necessary.
Use as a drink, taking 3 to 4 cups daily, hot or cold (per advice of the doctor or herbalist).
Make enough for one day only. Do not stand overnight to use the next day.
The above Garden Thyme infusion is:
Caution: Do not use Garden Thyme for medicinal purposes during pregnancy as it is a uterine stimulant.