Now Sowing: Thyme (March–May, September–October)

Common Name: Thyme

Scientific Name: Thymus Vulgaris

Seed Saving Level: Advanced


Plant in full sun. Germinates in four weeks. Thyme enjoys tough conditions, but well-drained soil. It doesn’t like to be overwatered. Water deeply and infrequently when established. Transplant after 6-8 weeks.


Prune at least half the plant immediately after flowering and again a month prior to hard frost. Harvest when plant is dry.

Seed Saving:

Collect flowers when they’ve dried. Spread flowers on screens to dry further; then thresh or rub to separate the fruits, four shiny nutlets per flower.


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Recipe: Thyme Facial Steam

Thyme is a powerful antimicrobial agent and can help loosen phlegm in the nose and respiratory tract.


1 bunch of fresh thyme or a large handful of dried thyme


Boil a kettle of water. Gather a towel and a heat-safe bowl. Grab some tissues.

Add the thyme to the bowl and pour the water over the herbs. Cover your head and the bowl with the towel. Position your face close enough so you can breathe in the steam, but not enough to burn your face. Breathe slowly and deeply into your lungs. Your nose might start running. The steam will also help rejuvenate your skin.


We are not medical professionals, so please always seek the advice or care from a physician or health care professional to find out how this topic may or may not apply to your unique situation or overall health.


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