Lemon thyme gets its name from the fact that its leaves produce a strong lemony fragrance along with notes of thyme. This variety of thyme is sweet and lacks the camphorous bitterness that common garden thyme sometimes has. It can bring a strong lemon flavor to dishes that require it, which makes this herb an excellent substitute for both lemon and thyme. There are different cultivars of lemon thyme that are named for the similarity of their fragrance to different citrus fruits including orange thyme.
Lemon Thyme contains an active principle that known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Thyme contains thymol, one of the most important essential oils, it has been found scientifically to have an antiseptic, and anti fungal characteristics.
The compounds in lemon thyme can help to treat and prevent conditions like:
- Respiratory tract ailments: Compounds like thymol can provide relief from bronchitis, whooping cough and similar illnesses.
- Gastrointestinal ailments: Lemon thyme can be used to treat gastritis along with bloating and indigestion.
- Gingivitis: The antifungal and antibacterial properties of thymol and other components can help to prevent and/or treat gingivitis and other dental problems.