At the bottom of this post is a list of "healthy" herbs that I've shared over the years. And, if you're looking for organic Thyme seeds, check out Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
Did you know that 2 teaspoons of Thyme contains 60% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin K? It's true! Not only is Thyme fragrant and delicious, it's good for you!
Thyme contains a powerful oil rich in Thymol, which is known to have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Thyme also contains nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C and folic acid. Thyme also contains manganese, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and selenium.
According to Nutrition and You: Thyme provides 0.35 mg of vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine; furnishing about 27% of daily recommended intake. Pyridoxine keeps up GABA (beneficial neurotransmitter in the brain) levels in the brain, which has stress buster function. Vitamin C helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that is required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids like vitamin A and beta-carotene helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
From what I have read, Thyme has no negative side effects and is entirely safe to use. Score!
So how do you grow it?
Thyme seeds are tiny. I recommend sprinkling over damp soil and then adding a fine layer over your seeds.
Plant thyme seeds in early spring about 6-8 seeds per “hole”. If planting in volume, mix sand with the seed to prevent overplanting.
Read about Companion Planting to get the best results in your herb and veggie garden. Thyme deters cabbage worms!
Once your seedlings emerge, plant your Thyme no closer than 8 inches apart. Young plants should be set out in the garden in June, preferably in damp ground or just prior to rain.
More Beneficial Herbs:
Mugwort *AMAZING herb for Women's Health*
Cayenne Pepper *Not an herb but still good for you*
And the list continues to grow!!! Stay tuned for more...