(Thymus vulgaris) It is in the mint family and originally used more for decorative purposes rather than cooking. It originates in the Mediterranean region. There are more than one hundred varieties.

Oil of thyme is a antimicrobial and a powerful antiseptic. It may be beneficial in supporting immunological functions and overcoming fatigue and physical weakness after illness. It is also a natural tranquillizer because it contains carvatrol which is a natural nerve tonic. In aromatherapy thyme is used in mental instability, melancholy, and nightmares. It is rich in zinc, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin B3, potassium, and manganese.

The green leaves are fresh and sweet and have a fresh bright taste. Thyme compliments vegetables and helps in the digestion of meats with a high content of fat.