Creeping Thyme Seeds
Wild Thyme is a perennial herb. It is also known as Mother of Thyme and Creeping Thyme. The herb is native to most of Europe. It is a low sub-shrub growing 5-10 cm tall with creeping stems up to 10 cm long. Wild thyme has scented flowers that are 4 to 6 mm long and produced in clusters. It’s a very hardy plant and will tolerate some foot traffic. If the plant is stepped on it will perfume the air with it’s aromatic scent. The herb is very easy herb to grow and establish in any garden. Common varieties of thyme that I sell on this site are English thyme, and French thyme.
Thymus Praecox, Mother of Thyme, Creeping Thyme
Perennial: Hardy in zones 4 to 9
Time to sow: Spring, late summer to early fall.
Light conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, tea
There are many uses for thyme; it can be used fresh or dried. The fresh or dried leaves and flowers are often used in soups, stews, in stuffing, or as a tea. The leaves can also be used in potpourri, and as an insect repellent to repel insects such as moths. The essential oil of thyme is also added to soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics, perfumes, and antiseptic ointments. In aromatherapy it is used to relieve pain and elevate the mood. Thyme baths are great to help relieve aches and pains.
Wild thyme is a perennial herb that is hardy in zones 4 to 8. It can be grown in full sun to partial shade. The plant prefers moist, well-draining soil with a pH of 6.6 to 7.5. It will tolerate poor soil and drought quite well. The seeds are very tiny so you only need to surface sow the seeds onto soil that you have already watered. If starting the seeds outside you can very lightly cover the seeds with sphagnum peat moss. Keep soil moist but never soggy until the seedlings have at least two sets of leaves, and then just water the plants regularly allowing them to dry in between waterings. If you started the plants indoors, transplant them outside after the last frost date has passed.
How to Make Thyme Tea
To make thyme tea add two teaspoons of dried thyme (4 teaspoons of fresh leaves) to your cup. Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat and let cool for 5 to 8 seconds. Add the hot water to your cup of thyme and let simmer for 5 to 15 minutes. The longer you steep the tea the more medicinal it will become. To maximize the health benefits it is best to cover the cup with a saucer or lid while the tea steeps; this is to help prevent the essential oils from escaping. The tea is preferably made with fresh leaves, if you have thyme in your garden simply cut some stems with lots of leaves and stuff the stems into your cup. The flowering tops can also be added to your tea.
Thyme Health Benefits
Thyme is rich in the essential oil thymol that can be used as a very strong antiseptic and antibacterial and applied to any cuts or abrasions. There are many health benefits of thyme. If used as a tea it has expectorant properties, and can be used to treat chronic coughs, or inflammation of the respiratory tract. The terpenoids which are present in all thyme varieties are recognized for their anti-cancer properties.
- Antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal
- Expectorant, can be used to help treat bronchitis, chronic cough, and to treat inflammation in the lungs
- Anti-cancer properties
- Rich in antioxidants
- Stimulates the nervous system and may help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia
- Can cure styes and pinkeye if applied topically