Lemon thyme as well as its various cultivars are mostly grown in the form of ornamental plants, and also for their therapeutic as well as culinary uses. When grown is gardens, these plants are frequently used in the form of ground covers, as they form a mat-like covering to prevent soil erosion. They are usually grown in planting beds, either in containers or in the spaces between the stepping stones. Lemon thyme herb possesses the aptitude to tolerate droughts when it is fully established. The flowers of lemon thyme also produce significant amount of nectar and, hence, attract wildlife, including bees and butterflies. This is one reason why lemon thyme plants are used widely in wildlife gardening. Many people prefer drinking lemon thyme tea, as it is effective in the treatment of infections, problems related to congestion as well as unwinding the senses. It is easy to recognize Thymus citriodorus or lemon thyme, as this plant possesses pale green, lace-shaped leaves and a lemony aroma. The lemony aroma of the leaves of this plant makes lemon thyme a popular ingredient in the kitchen. It is used widely to flavour several dishes, particularly those that are cooked with vegetables, fish as well as chicken. The leaves of lemon thyme as well as the essential oils extracted from them are used in herbal medicine for treating various conditions. The leaves and essential oil of lemon thyme are used to cure asthma and also for respiratory aromatherapy, in the form of antiseptics, disinfectants and deodorants. As discussed earlier, lemon thyme leaves have various medicinal uses. They are employed to perk up the immune system, to provide relaxation, prevent viral, bacterial and fungal infections and also aid in combating asthma in kids. In addition, ingestion of lemon thyme tea promotes digestion. It can also be used in the form of a gargle as well as a deodorizing mouth wash. Precisely speaking, the essential oil extracted from the lemon thyme leaves is widely used to treat respiratory problems, breathing difficulties, asthma and also in the form of a rub after any rigorous sporting activity. Always bear in your mind that in case you wish to use lemon thyme for therapeutic use, it is vital that it ought to be cultivated organically to ensure that its medicinal properties are concealed and you do not ingest any toxic elements, for instance, pesticides, accidentally.
Lemon thyme is often used for the plants ornamental splendor. In addition, the leaves of lemon thyme are also used for culinary purposes, as they have the aroma and flavour of lemon. Very frequently, the leaves of lemon thyme are recommended for use in marinades, baked fish, fruit salad, fried vegetables, custards and any other recipe that would call for use of lemon juice or zest. When used in the form of a tea, it is a healthy tonic, as the phenols enclosed by the leaves of this plant have anti-bacterial and caffeine like actions. The leaves of lemon thyme (T. citriodorus) are also used in the form of a flavouring herb in raw salads, cooking as well as in herbal teas.
This herb thrives well in well-drained soil and when grown in places receiving full sunlight.
The smell of crushed lemon thyme leaves is very pleasing. This plant possesses an aroma and taste akin to that of lemon and it blends excellently with fish. You may also add lemon thyme leaves to stuffing or salads for their fragrance, zest and flavour. Additionally, lemon thyme leaves can be used to prepare a rejuvenating lemony tea. To prepare this herbal tea, you need one teaspoon of freshly obtained leaves of lemon thyme or half teaspoon of the dehydrated leaves. Put the herb into a pot and add one cup (250 ml) of boiling water. Allow the herb to infuse in the hot water for about five to ten minutes. Filter the tea and drink it for refreshing your mind and body. Alternatively, you may add some honey to the tea for sweetening it. You may also make a regular infusion by using one teaspoon of the freshly obtained lemon thyme leaves or about half teaspoonful of the dehydrated leaves. Add the herb to one cup (250 ml) of boiling water and allow it to steep for some time. If you like, sweeten the infusion by adding a little honey to it and drink it several times daily, but never in excess.
While lemon thyme is known to provide us with a number of health benefits, it is also known to cause some adverse effects and this ought to be borne in mind when you are drinking a tea prepared with this herb. People who are vulnerable to allergic reactions should keep away from drinking tea prepared with lemon thyme leaves. Women should avoid drinking lemon thyme tea during pregnancy. This is also true for nursing mothers. What is important is that, despite the health benefits offered by lemon thyme, one should never drink the tea prepared with it in excess.