Thyme is an herb from the mint family, which is a Mediterranean herb with dietary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The flowers, leaves, and oil of thyme have been used to treat a range of symptoms and complaints. The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris.
Thyme is thought to have antibacterial, insecticidal, and possibly antifungal properties. Its range of use is impressive, and it has over 400 subspecies. Ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming practices, while ancient Greeks used it as incense.
Forms of thyme include fresh and dried herbs and essential oil. Thanks to its distinctive taste, thyme has remained a culinary staple to this day. But thyme is also fast gaining a reputation for its medicinal qualities, such as its ability to help treat acne and high blood pressure.