Thyme Leaf (Thymus vulgaris)
Thymus vulgaris is a species of flowering plant in the mint family native to southern Europe from the western Mediterranean to southern Italy. It's a bushy, woody-based evergreen subshrub with small, highly aromatic, grey-green leaves and clusters of purple or pink flowers in early summer.
Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
Other Names: Garden Thyme; Common Thyme
Taste: Pungent, mildly minty, spicy, slightly bitter
Energy: Warm, Dry
Part Used: Arial parts
Culinary: A premier spice used in innumerable dishes. Use this herb to add warmth and pungency to marinades, stuffings, vegetables, fish, stews, meat and cheese dishes.
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves
- 2 cups of water (filtered)
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 lemon slice
- Bring the water to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer.
- Add the dried thyme leaves and cover the pot.
- Allow the mixture to steep for roughly 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool for 1-2 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a cup, add the honey and lemon slice (if desired).
- 1-2 cups per day is maximum suggested usage.
Mouthwash: Make a cup of Thyme tea and let it cool down before using it to rinse your mouth.
- ½ cup of dried Thyme
- ¾ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ cup honey
Place the Thyme in a small jar and completely cover with Apple Cider Vinegar.Add honey and stir. Cover the jar with either plastic wrap or a plastic lid (ACV corrodes metal) and set aside for 2-4 weeks. Strain and re-bottle.
- Caution should be used if pregnant or nursing.
- Keep out of reach of children
Persons with allergies to other members of the Lamiaceae family should exercise caution with Thyme. People who are allergic to plants in the mint family, including Rosemary, mint and Oregano, may also have an allergic reaction to Thyme.
Always consult your health care professional before using any herbal supplement.