Thyme is a well-known herb, historically a symbol of courage, often given to knights and warriors before battle. Added to baths and incense used to purify a room, or even placed under a pillow for a calming rest, the aromatic flavors of thyme are beyond culinary limitations. There are many variations of thyme common thyme, lemon thyme, and Mediterranean thyme. Thyme has a sweet earthy aroma and flavor, and is used in everyday cooking. It is commonly added to stews, soup, hearty sauces and different meats. One of many culinary benefits of thyme is that it does not lose flavor as it is cooked.
For centuries thyme has been used for more than culinary purposes. The health benefits of this herb are as old as thyme with a long history of use in natural medicine and therapeutic techniques. Thyme has certain healing properties and helps improve the respiratory system, the digestive system and relax spasms. Thyme has both antibacterial and antifungal properties and has uses both internally and externally.