French Thyme

french thymeAll along we thought we had an oregano plant growing in our herb garden.  It is not.

It is actually an oregano substitute since the European oregano plant grows poorly in the tropics.  This plant is called Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus or Coleus amboinicus) also known as Spanish Thyme, Mexican Mint or Indian Borage.  In Jamaica we call it French Thyme.

The French Thyme is a fragrance and spice plant with a distinct oregano-like aroma.  It is easy to grow and care.

Here at home, we use the leaves of the French Thyme plant to season our chicken.  We also put the leaves on our heads for headache relief. I understand that some people drink it as a herbal tea, but I’ve never tried it.
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french thyme blossomThe French Thyme is also a medicinal plant that is used for treating abrasions, burns, lacerations, conjunctivitis etc. It is also used for the treatment of coughs, colds, sore throats and nasal congestion.

In some countries, they used the French Thyme in soups to stimulate lactation for the month or so following childbirth.

French Thyme can also be used to treat infections, rheumatism and flatulence; also, because the leaves are strongly flavoured, they make an excellent addition to stuffing for meat and poultry.
french thyme

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