Wild Thyme Seeds
Wild Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum) is a perennial herb. It is also known as Mother of Thyme and Creeping Thyme. It is a sub-shrub growing approximately 15 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; when stepped on, it will perfume the air with its pleasant aromatic scent. Wild thyme is a very easy herb to grow and establish in any garden. Other varieties of thyme that we sell are English thyme and French thyme.
Ground cover: 10,000 seeds covers approximately 100 square feet.
There are many uses for thyme, whether used fresh or dried. The new or dried leaves and flowers are often used in soups, stews, stuffing, or 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 used in soaps, toothpaste, 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; thyme prefers moist, well-draining soil with a pH of 6.6 to 7.5. It will tolerate poor soil and drought quite well. Wild thyme seeds are tiny, so you only need to surface sow the seeds. Make sure the soil is thoroughly watered before you sow the seeds. 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. It’s best to cover the cup with a saucer or lid while the tea steeps; this is to help prevent the essential oils from escaping and maximize the health benefits. 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 powerful 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.
- An 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 pinkeye if applied topically.