Thyme (wild, Thymus serpyllum)
Main Facts about Thyme (wild)
Small purple, pink/ white flowers clustered on ends of sticks with tiny leaves. Another plant called “Mother of Thyme” (Thymus serpyllum), a low ground-cover used around stepping stones is also edible.
Using Thyme (wild)In medicine, thyme is aromatic, antiseptic, stimulant, antispasmodic, diuretic and emmenagogue. Very good antiseptic for both internal and external use in combatting bacteria, virus, infections and fungus in the digestive, respiratory and genitourinary tracts (candida, yeast, fungus, etc.), for skin conditions like athlete’s foot, ringworm, rash, acne, cuts, injuries, sores, burns, crabs, lice, wrinkles, and any injuries on body. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, oil of thyme was used to medicate bandages. Great balm for face. A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis, chest infections, hay fever. Thyme is an expectorant that helps remove fluid and phlegm. Helps alleviate problems of the digestive tract like spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome. The combined antiseptic and astringent properties of thyme are used for diarrhea. Also depression, fatigue, anxiety, and sleeplessness.
Cooking with Thyme (wild)Leaves are used raw in salads or added as a flavouring to cooked foods. Thyme retains its flavour well in long slow cooking. An aromatic tea is made from the leaves.
How to grow Thyme (wild)Thyme will grow on any soil, but prefers light, sandy or gravel ground exposed to the sun. It is generally planted in the spring, and thereafter grows as a perennial. It can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or division of roots. Care must be taken to weed. Manure in fall or winter and nitrates in spring. Cut when in full flower, in July and August. It tolerates drought well. The plants can take deep freezes and are found growing wild on mountain highlands.