Thyme is a wiry, perky herb, growing 6 to 12 inches tall. Like other members of the mint family, Lamiaceae, its stems are woody and leaves are small and oval. Against gray-greenish leaves, thyme’s flowers range from white to lilac and bloom in clusters.
Often used in stocks and stews, thyme is favored for its earthy, minty, and sublte lemon flavor. In addition, thyme contains chemicals that alleviate respiratory inflammation.