Native Thyme, (osterone-like compounds called thymeoids), is an Australian native herb originally used as a medicinal herb for its calming and soothing effects. However, in modern times, it has been used for its fragrant oils, which it produces during harvest. The leaves can then be harvested either by taking individual leaves or by plucking the whole plant. This herb is also popularly used in saffron-emulsified oil, making it a popular cosmetic ingredient and culinary ingredient, as well. For its very aromatic oils, Thyme is often used in bath and beauty products, as well as in toilet roll and paper products.
The genus Comesllia includes about 900 species worldwide. All belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae or Labiatae). Some, like Thyme and native thyme, belong to the mint family but have a more bitter taste, such as cloves. Others, such as native mint and thyme, are more sweet than minty. A third group, that of berries, contains over 40 different species. All of these species are members of the mint family, with the exception of the blueberry (Rubus idaeus) which is not a true mint.
With a wide variety of uses, the annual native thyme offers many benefits. Because the herb blooms for only a short period each year, it is a very flexible herb. It is also a very fast growing herb. It requires little attention during the growing season and blooms fairly quickly after planting. In addition, because it blooms so rapidly, it is not necessary to fertilize it, although feeding the plants will help. Thyme tends to have dark purple flowers that are between pink and white in color.
The herb’s two chief roots are found at the base of the leaf. These roots are long and winding and provide the plant with its food supply as the herb grows. During the growing season, the plant grows close to the ground, requiring very little support. As the plant matures, the roots start to grow out and the herb ends up with a full set of leaves on end. During late summer, the whole herb starts to die back to the ground, leaving the long stems standing upright.
In addition to being a culinary herb, native thyme is used to treat a range of health issues. Since it has no foliage when the plant grows to a certain point, the plant grows in clumps to protect itself from harsh elements. When the leaves reach a certain length, they die back and new leaves take their place. Many of the medicinal herbs that grow in clumps are able to tolerate being cut-leafed for better pest control.
When purchasing the native thyme for cooking or for use in recipes, it’s important to make sure that it comes with a strong flavour. Even though it doesn’t have a truly distinctive flavour like many other herbs, it does stand out because of its unique look. A dried herb piece will always be recognisable due to the colour and aroma that are contained within. If you want to add a stronger aroma to the product, however, then you should dry-cup some fresh leaves to add a few drops of your preferred flavour.
A beautiful addition to any type of garden is the evergreen herb numeric. This attractive perennial is one of the easiest to grow plants in your garden. The small yellow flowers look good planted in groups of three across the front of your patio or fence, providing a colourful accent to your garden. Because it is native to the British countryside, it is also one of the easiest herbs to grow in your garden, which makes it an excellent choice for the beginner gardener.
Another popular herb that has recently started to grow in gardens across the UK is the native sage. This is a smaller plant than the native thyme and its pretty flowers attract many bees. It can easily be grown from seed and although you will find it in many garden centres as a container plant, it prefers to be placed in a sunny position so that it can get as much sunlight as possible. As with any other plant that requires growing conditions to survive, you should ensure that you are growing it in a well-drained, not sandy location.