Scientific Name: Thymus vulgaris
Plant Characteristics: Thyme is an evergreen ground cover with small oval leaves and fragrant flowers. The color of the flowers depends on the species.
Aromatic: Thyme was used as a strewing herb, strewn on floors to improve the scent of rooms. Oil from the plant was also used in soaps.
Culinary: Thyme is used as an herb in a variety of dishes ranging from fish and salads to soups and sauces.
Medicinal: Thyme leaves were made into a tea to help diminish nightmares. Thyme was also used to treat gout, joint pain, the palsy, epilepsy, coughs, earaches, and headaches.
Fun Fact: The English believed that Thyme was a favorite plant of fairies, claiming that those who wiped their eyes with the plant would gain the ability to see the magical creatures.