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Herb of the Month: Thyme


Last updated 6/3/2020 at 11:15am

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Thymus vulgaris.

This month's herb is one of my favorites. I know, I say that about all herbs! But with the current COVID-19 issues, the medicinal properties of thyme make it an excellent choice as my featured herb this month. There are between 200 and 400 varieties of thyme, but the most popular is English thyme and Lemon thyme.

Thymus may derive from the Greek word thymon, meaning "courage," and many traditions relate to this virtue. Roman soldiers bathed in thyme water to give themselves vigor. In the Middle Ages, European ladies embroidered a sprig of thyme on tokens for their knights-errant. A soup rec...

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