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Thyme

OTHER NAME(S): Common Thyme, Farigoule, Farigoulette, French Thyme, Frigoule, Garden Thyme, Huile Essentielle de Thym, Huile de Thym, Huile de Thym Blanc, Huile de Thym Rouge, Mignotise des Genevois, Oil of Thyme, Pote, Red Thyme Oil, Rubbed Thyme, Serpolet, Spanish Thyme, Thym, Thym Citron, Thym Commun, Thym des Jardins, Thym Maraîcher, Thym Vrai, Thym Vulgaire, Thyme Aetheroleum, Thyme Essential Oil, Thyme Oil, Thymi herba, Thymus vulgaris, Thymus zygis, Tomillo, Van Ajwayan, Vanya Yavani, White Thyme Oil. THYME Approx. 80,000 seeds per oz/28 g CULTURE: Sow seed outdoors June 1st. Germinate at 70°F/21°C soil temp. for 10 days. Thin plants about 30 days after seeding to 10 in/25 cm apart. Plants are spreading and should be clipped back after flowering. Leaves are fairly broad, dark green. Thyme likes hot sandy soil with good drainage. Replant every 3 years. Plants should be mulched lightly for winter protection, particularly if they are planted in a rock garden setting. USES: For flavoring meat and cooked vegetable dishes. CREEPING THYME – Thymus serpylium Perennial Approx. 114,000 seeds per oz/28 g Although this species can also be used for the same cooking purposes as traditional German Winter Thyme, it is more popular as a dense, creeping ornamental for landscaping. Plants provide extra dwarf matted foliage 3-5 in/8-13 cm high. Leaves are very small, dark green, aromatic with small flowers in shades of pink or purple. Plants are used as fillers between pathway steps, rock gardens or ornamental borders for formal herb gardens. Creeping thymes are grouped as “Mother of Thyme” to distinguish them from their upright, taller growing family members. All types of thyme are edible and may be used in soaps, medicines, perfumes, sachets, and incense as well as cooking. CULTURE: Sow indoors Apr. 1st into 3 in/8 cm peat pots at 6 – 8 seeds per pot. Press seed into the surface and cover lightly with fine soil. Keep seed flat in the dark until the seed germinates. Seed germinates at about 50% in 14 – 20 days. Grow plants at 70°F/21°C thin seedlings, if needed, 30 days after seeding. Trim plants after flowering. Plants like warm, sandy soil, good drainage and plenty of sun. Replant every 3 years, mulch lightly for winter protection. Thyme grows best in zones 5-9 climates.  Soil Ph of 6.3, light, dry, well drained soil.  And likes partial to full sun.  Thyme reportedly benefits eggplant, potatoes, and tomatoes, when planted near them.  In addition, gardeners recommend plantings of thyme to repel imported cabbage-worms and white-fly.  Attracts bees. Per Web-MD; Thyme is an herb. The flowers, leaves, and oil are used as medicine. Thyme is sometimes used in combination with other herbs. Thyme is taken by mouth for bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throat, colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bedwetting, a movement disorder in children (dyspraxia), intestinal gas (flatulence), parasitic worm infections, and skin disorders. It is also used to increase urine flow (as a diuretic), to disinfect the urine, and as an appetite stimulant. Some people apply thyme directly to the skin to act as a counterirritant, for hoarseness (laryngitis), swollen tonsils (tonsillitis), sore mouth, and bad breath. Thyme oil is used as a germ-killer in mouthwashes and liniments. It is also applied to the scalp to treat baldness and to the ears to fight bacterial and fungal infections. Thymol, one of the chemicals in thyme, is used with another chemical, chlorhexidine, as a dental varnish to prevent tooth decay. In foods, thyme is used as a flavoring agent. In manufacturing, red thyme oil is used in perfumes. It is also used in soaps, cosmetics, and toothpastes. How does it work? Thyme contains chemicals that might help bacterial and fungal infections, and minor irritations. It also might relieve smooth muscle spasms, such as coughing, and have antioxidant effects. Thyme is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in normal food amounts. Thyme is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth as medicine for short periods of time. In some people, it can cause digestive system upset, headache, or dizziness. Thyme oil is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin. In some people, applying the oil to the skin can cause irritation. There isn’t enough information to know whether thyme oil is safe to take by mouth in medicinal doses. Special Precautions & Warnings: Children: Thyme is LIKELY SAFE when consumed by children in normal food amounts. Thyme is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken as medicine for short periods of time. There isn’t enough information to know whether thyme oil is safe for children when applied to the skin or taken by mouth. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Thyme is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women when consumed in normal food amounts. But it’s not known whether it’s safe to use thyme in larger medicinal amounts. Stick to amounts food naturally in foods if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Allergy to oregano and similar plants: People who are allergic to oregano or other Lamiaceae species might also be allergic to thyme. Bleeding disorders: Thyme might slow blood clotting. Taking thyme might increase your risk of bleeding, especially if used in large amounts. Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Thyme might act like estrogen in the body. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use thyme. Surgery: Thyme might slow blood clotting, so there is some concern that it might increase the risk of extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using thyme at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination: Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with THYME. Thyme might slow blood clotting. Taking thyme along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others. Available Varieties of Thyme and their sources
Common Thyme – 85 days. Perennial. A honey plant for bees. Aromatic foliage used for flavoring meat loaf, dressing, poultry. Dwarf 12 in/31cm plant. Used as a ground cover in dry areas.  Small upright shrub. Variety most often used in cooking. MyPatriotSupply.com has this for $1.97
Lemon Thyme – small bush, strong lemon scent, used in cooking fish or chicken, also in tea. Seedman.com has this for $2.95  Orange Thyme – Citrus flavor, perfect with fish or vegetables, hardy “walk on” plant growing about 6″ tall. Classic thyme appearance with a citrus flavor.  The aroma is distinctly sweeter than German Winter. Try it with fish, vegetable and perhaps even dessert dishes. Growth habit and winter hardiness are similar to Summer thyme. Tender perennial in Zones 6-8. Seedman.com has this for $2.95 Carraway Thyme – Caraway scent.  nice ground cover, good in rock gardens and hanging baskets, good for flavoring meats, soup, vegetables, and poultry. Nutmeg Thyme – Spicy scent, fast creeper, very similar to caraway thyme.

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