Growing Common Garden Thyme ~ And a Recipe for Thyme Honey
Common garden thyme (Thymus vulgaris) found it’s way into my backyard a couple years ago. I first planted it after my search for a sustainable source of vitamin C lead me to read this article. I now know that thyme contains more vitamin C than any other herb and it has countless medicinal uses as well.
Today, my $3 investment in a packet of seed has turned into a vibrant patch of thyme.
And as I was watering the garden and potted plants this morning…I noticed the bounty of blossoms that have seemed to appear overnight! Now, in early spring, is the perfect time to trim the plant — it encourages more flowers and lush growth.
After enlisting the help of my baby girl (well she 6 but she’s still my baby), she and I sat down and started picking thyme.
Thyme is a powerful antiseptic and it’s loaded with antioxidants. It works hard to
- ward off colds.
- relieve a sore throat and inflamed tonsils.
- treat stuffy noses, coughs, and colds.
- provide relief from hay fever.
- improve digestion.
One of my most favorite ways to use my garden thyme is to make a thyme infused honey each spring — it seems like fresh, raw honey from the beekeeper and flowering thyme go hand and hand!
We use this herbal honey throughout the year in tea, in smoothies, and on a slice of bread.
-any size glass jar
-a small pot
-fresh garden thyme leaves and flowers, enough to fill your jar 2/3 full
-raw, unpasteurized local honey (if possible)
5. Store honey in a cool, dark place. It should keep for several months.