Thyme HistoryThyme, botanically-known as thymus vulgaris, gets its name from the Greek word thymon, an herb used as incense or as a fumigator during sacrifices.
Native to the Mediterranean region, thyme was brought to Britain by the Romans. Long-prized for its medicinal uses, ancient Egyptians used thyme oil in their embalming process.
Legend has it that thyme was an essential ingredient in a magic brew that allowed the drinker to see the fairies. It was also considered an aphrodisiac.
More about Thyme and Thyme Recipes:• Thyme Selection and Storage
• Thyme Varieties and Facts
• Thyme and Health
• Thyme History
• Thyme Recipes
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