When it comes to thyme, you will think about its uses in the kitchen, right? Yes, to make delicious and flavorful dishes, thyme is indispensable. Its distinct flavor is used in so many different dishes. This easy to grow plant pairs well with so many foods, both savory and sweet. However, thyme is a useful plant beyond the kitchen that not everyone knows. This herb has many different uses, let’s learn about our post today.
Using infused massage or skin oil of thyme to alleviate headaches or to boost concentration, thyme-scented soap will help with skin conditions like acne or dandruff because of its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, or keep mosquitoes at bay, or repel pests in the garden, and more, these are great effects of this herb. With these good benefits, if you don’t already have some in your garden, we recommend growing this herb in the garden right now. Besides, this is an excellent herb for the beginning herb gardener because it thrives with a little neglect.
#1 Herbed Butter
The mixture of herbs with butter is the perfect combination, the scent and flavor infuse the butter. Thyme is an especially good herb to add to butter because of how long it takes the leaves to release their oils in cooking.
#2 Thyme Simple Syrup
Thyme is one of the great herbs to make into a simple syrup. You’d be surprised at how wonderful its flavor is with sweet dishes.
#3 Thyme Infused Oil or Vinegar
Another fantastic option to add thyme flavor to dishes is by infusing it in either oil or vinegar. White or red wine vinegar are both perfect options for a thyme-infused vinegar.
#4 Make Thyme Tea
Have you ever enjoyed a cup of thyme tea yet? If not yet, let try one. It’s warm and comforting and may offer some health benefits, like making a cough more productive, alleviating a headache, or giving you more clarity and focus. Drinking thyme tea will settle your stomach after a heavy meal. Try a cup at bedtime to help soothe and relax you before sleeping. To enjoy a cup of thyme tea, pour 8 oz. of boiling water over two or three sprigs of fresh thyme. Allow the tea to steep for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!
#5 Infused Massage or Skin Oil
Use the resulting oil as an invigorating massage oil. Rub a drop or two on your temples to alleviate headaches or to boost concentration. Add a few drops to a diffuser to lift your mood. Mix a teaspoon into a cup of witch hazel and use it as a toner to help clear your skin of acne. Rub the oil on your scalp before shampooing to alleviate itchy skin and to help clear dandruff. To make, add 5-10 sprigs of rinsed and dried thyme to one cup of your choice of carrier oil. Keep in a sealed jar, someplace warm and dark for two weeks. Shake occasionally. Strain the oil into a clean and sterile jar. Use within two weeks, or keep it in the refrigerator for up to a month.
#6 Congestion Relief
Enjoy a steamy facial that opens your airways and makes coughs more productive. Add a handful of fresh thyme sprigs to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head and around the bowl and carefully and slowly breathe in the moist, thyme-scented air. The warm air and thymes natural expectorant properties will help break up the gunk in your head and lungs.
#7 Natural Moth Repellent
Thyme’s signature scent also repels the types of moths that like to chew up your clothes. Hang a bundle of fresh thyme in your closet. Or place a few sprigs in your dresser drawers. Use it in a mix with other pest-repelling herbs to make sachets that will leave your clothes hole-free and smelling wonderful.
#8 Thyme Scented Soap
If you make your own soap, let’s add dried thyme to a batch of soap for an invigorating soap that will help with headaches, boost mental clarity, and help you jump start your day. The natural antibacterial and antifungal properties of thyme may even help with skin conditions like acne or dandruff.
#9 Keep Mosquitoes at Bay
Gently rub thyme leaves over your arms and clothing. The crushed leaves will release their oils and keep mosquitoes away.
#10 Repel Pests In The Garden
Grow thyme near your tomato and cabbage, the powerful scent of this herb repels common garden pests like carrot flies, cabbage loopers, and tomato hornworms.