The common thyme is numerous and has many types. Mostly often it is used in cooking. The two main types used for cooking are common thyme and lemon scented thyme – T.X.Citriodorus.
In cooking common thyme is useful herb for all kinds of stuffing’s, meat, fish, stews, casseroles, poultry, marinades, and soups. It goes well with, onions, all marrow types and egg plant.
Lemon thyme is good for fish and poultry. Mix it with fennel with boiled or poached fish. Thyme is also good in custards and creams. Lemon thyme can also be stewed in rhubarb. And may also be used in butter mixes.
Both thymes like a dry soil and a warm sunny position. Plants are best renewed after 4 years. They can also be raised from seed very easily and planted out.
Take handful of thyme and remove the leaves from the stems and make a 1tsp full for one cup of tea. Place leaves in tea-ball and steep the leaves in hot water. Drink with out milk and sweeten with a little honey if desired.
The Abbess Hildegard von Bingen stated, "He who drinks a cup of thyme tea instead of coffee in the morning will soon feel the beneficial effect: enlivened spirits, great comfort in the stomach, no coughing in the morning and an overall well-being."