Thyme is a easily gown perennial which will thrive in a sunny spot with good drainage.
1. Infused Vinegar
Place a few sprigs of thyme in a glass bottle. Fill the bottle with white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Cap the bottle, then store in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks. The vinegar can be used as a base for salad dressing.
2. Hair Loss and Dandruff
I haven't needed to try this one. To make a scalp treatment which is said to stimulate hair growth steep one generous handful of fresh thyme in a litre of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Strain and cool. Massage into the scalp daily.
To help relieve dandruff symptoms steep one small handful each of fresh thyme and fresh rosemary in a litre of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Use as above.
Thyme is said to help the body digest fatty foods. Add a few sprigs of thyme to the roasting pan or casserole dish when cooking fatty meat.
4. In the Garden
Thyme will bring bees into the garden, but will also help to deter moths and some flying insects.
When making toothpaste or mouthwash at home add a few drops of thyme (thymus vulgaris) essential oil. Thyme is antiseptic and is an ingredient in some commercially produced mouth washes.
6. Cinnamon Thyme Sore Throat Tea
Place 2 teaspoons of dried thyme and one cinnamon stick into a small teapot. Pour 2 cups of boiling water into the pot to cover the herbs. Allow to steep for 6-8 minutes (you can adjust the steeping time depending on how strong you like your tea).
Pour into a tea cup or mug through a strainer. Sweeten to taste with honey.
Makes 2 cups. Drinking two or 3 cups a day may help to relieve cold symptoms.
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