An essential in any herb garden, this variety has dark green broad leaves which are easy to strip and are a basic ingredient of bouquet garni. It is also indispensible in soups, stews, sauces, stuffing and meat dishes as it aids digestion of fatty foods.
Thyme has many medicinal uses. The whole plant is anthelmintic, strongly antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, deodorant, diaphoretic, disinfectant, expectorant, sedative and tonic. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchitis, catarrh, laryngitis, flatulent indigestion, painful menstruation, colic and hangovers. Externally, it is applied to minor injuries, mastitis, mouth, throat and gum infections etc. The plant can be used fresh at any time of the year, or it can be harvested as it comes into flower and either be distilled for the oil or dried for later use. The seeds are used as a vermifuge. Thyme should not be taken if pregnant.
An essential oil from the leaves is used in perfumery, soaps, toothpaste, mouthwashes and can be used as a spray to help prevent mould.
Thyme is an important bee plant as it produces much nectar, and makes delicious flavoured honey, and also forms a good ground cover plant for sunny sites. As a vege garden companion it is said to repel cabbage root fly. Height to 30cm. 9cm pot. Certified organic plant.