In the herbal medication of the Greco-Romans, basil thyme based herbal medicines found a very prominent role, this prominence of the herb continued to the early modern herbal tradition and the herb enjoys a great reputation among herbalist to this day. Many herbalists still recommend remedies made from the basil thyme to break a fever as the herb actively promotes sweating in the body of the patient. Contemporary herbalists also specify basil thyme as an herbal expectorant, however, remedies made from this herb are not widely used in contemporary folk medicine and have lost some of the reputation it enjoyed in traditional herbal lore.
The basil thyme is native to Europe, however, the plant is now naturalized on the American continent and wild blooms of the herb can be found in many regions in North America. Basil thyme can be found from Maryland and Kentucky in the east and north extending to Georgia and Arkansas in the south and southeast. The ideal soil to grow basil thyme is well drained or dry to moist soils; this herb grows well in neutral to alkaline soils and prefers sites that are warm with good exposure to the sunlight. Basil thyme plants are very hardy and can easily withstand temperatures of about -15�C in temperate regions. The common species of basil thyme is very closely related to the C. sylvatica species of herb, the relation is so close that many botanists consider the herb to be no more than a sub-species of C. sylvatica. The basil thyme is also very good plant for apiarist. The basil thyme is normally propagated using the seeds. Seeds are normally sown during the spring inside a greenhouse and lightly covered with soil. The seeds normally germinate in about two weeks if the ambient temperature is at about 21�C. Once the seedling emerge, each individual seedling is pricked out as soon as they are tough enough to handle by hand and separated into individual positions in the soil, seedlings are watched for signs of sufficient growth, they are then planted out into the permanent sites in the summer months, or in the spring of the next year. The plants are divided in the spring. The process of division is quite easy; the larger clumps can be planted directly into the permanent sites. Ideally, the smaller clumps must be placed in pots and grown in a cold frame till they are well rooted in the soil before they are taken out for planting during the summer. Cutting of the basal region are usually taken in May or June. These cuttings must be rooted in sandy compost to give the cutting maximum chance of survival. The shoots of the basil thyme must be harvested when they are about 10 - 15cm in length, each shoot must be taken out with plenty of the underground stem. These can be placed in individual pots and kept under a light shade using a cold frame or in a greenhouse till they have a chance of rooting well in the soil. Once they have put out roots, they can be planted out in the summer months.