Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) leaf is one of the most fragrant flavours around, and is great on just about everything. It is an essential ingredient of bouquet garni and many classic French dishes.
Thyme is an astringent herb that is expectorant, improves digestion, relaxes spasms and controls coughing. It is strongly antiseptic and anti-fungal. Internally it is used for dry coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, bronchial catarrh, asthma, laryngitis, indigestion, gastritis and diarrhea and enuresis in children. Not given to pregnant women. Externally for tonsillitis, gum disease, rheumatism, arthritis and fungal infections.
Thyme is used to flavour soups, marinades (especially for olives), stuffings, casseroles and baked or sauteed vegetables; retains its flavour well in slowly cooked dishes.
Taste and Aroma
Aromatic and warming. Dried leaves are added to potpourri and moth-repellent sachets.