Thyme to Celebrate your wedding in style! This Thyme to Celebrate recycled seed packet wedding favour is the perfect gift for celebrating your wedding with your guests. The seeds are easy to sow and the leaves of the plants that emerge can be used in cooking!
The seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and the seeds are inside in a sealed plastic wallet. Sowing instructions are printed on the back and the front is personalised with your wedding details.
Thyme is a perennial herb. It used to be called Thymon, from the ancient Greek “thyein”, meaning to make a burnt offering. Its name may also come from the Greek thymos or thyos = incense, because of its scent. The earliest recorded use of Thyme is 3000 BC in Sumeria, where it was used as an antiseptic. It was once used in embalming procedures by ancient Egyptians. It was used as incense in temples and added to drinks to provide courage. It is also a good strewing herb for getting rid of moths. The Romans used Thyme to ease bloatedness after eating too much. They would also bathe in Thyme-scented water before going into battle to give them strength and courage. In ancient Athens, honey from Thyme was considered the best. Plant has also been considered an aphrodisiac. Christian legend says that the baby Jesus slept on a bed of Thyme. Sprinkle Thyme on doorsteps and windowsills to invite fairies in. in the Middle Ages, sprigs of Thyme were embroidered on the scarves of knights for bravery. Thyme was burnt as incense at ancient funerals and placed in the coffin of the dead in order that the soul would live in the flowers, and assuring passage to the afterlife.
Adding Thyme to soups, stews, stuffing, vegetables gives a good flavour. Thyme oils are used as antiseptics. To make a Thyme disinfectant, simmer leaves and small stems for 30 minutes. Strain and use. An infusion of leaves helps coughs, colds and bronchitis. It can also be used as a gargle for sore throats and ulcers. Two tablespoons of Thyme in boiling water and inhaling the vapours will help a blocked nose. In homeopathy, Thyme is used for asthma and whooping cough.
Thyme (particularly vulgaris) is also a good deterrent for cabbage white butterflies, slugs and flea beetles, so plant it near cabbages as a companion plant. Thyme tops yield a purple dye. The plant also yields grey, gold and yellow dyes.
From a wildlife point of view, Thyme is the food plant of caterpillars of the following moths – Thyme Pug, Satyr Pug and Lace Border. Butterflies – Dingy Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Grayling, Adonis and Small Copper. Bees love the flowers!
Always seek the advice of a qualified herbalist before using herbal medicines.
How to plant Thyme seeds
Fill a small plant pot with compost (peat-free if possible!). Sprinkle the seeds on top and gently press in. Cover with a very light layer of compost and then water. Place somewhere warm and light to germinate. Once you have seedlings that are big enough to handle, gently ease them out of the compost and replant each one into another small pot. Grow on until big enough to plant into the garden in spring or summer. Thyme grows to about 12 inches high and can also be grown as a patio pot plant.