One of the most recognisable herbs in the garden, with small tightly packed aromatic leaves, that stem from a woody evergreen bush that flowers in purple or white. The garden thyme is an improved variation of the Wild Thyme from areas native to its mountainous habitat. It may be companion planted along with Lavender - as they both favour the same conditions and compliment each other in the garden. A White variety is also available - this this originally the Red, that has been rectified and re-distilled again. Also known as Common Thyme, French Thyme, and Garden Thyme, and originating from the Spain and Mediterranean region. Thyme Red contains principal components of phenol.
Thymol is part of a naturally occurring compound, an active ingredient of Thyme, when this chemical comes in contact with iron in a crude distillation process, it discolours to the reddish/brown. Considered throughout most of history to be an antiseptic and disinfectant in many uses. With strong antimicrobial agents that have been investigated to reduce bacterial resistance, as well as an effective fungicide.
Eases respiratory, digestive complaints, and aids in the prevention and treatment of infection. From mild skin complaints of acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, insect bites, lice, gum infection and oily skin. Also helping in circulation, muscles and joints ease. Boosts immunity and increases concentration. Calming and cleansing. Though use with caution - as it may cause some dermal irritation and sensitisation to some individuals. Use in moderation and always dilute before use.
Safety Precaution : Flammable.
Blends well with : Bergamot, Lemon, Rosemary, Melissa, Lavender, Lavandin, Marjoram, Peru Balsam and Pine.
FACT : The use of Thyme is considered as one of the earliest medicinal plants ever used in Western herbal medicine. Besides complimenting culinary needs, it has since been noted from the 16th Century of its antiseptic properties.