Thyme – Lemon


Common Name:

Thyme – Lemon

Botanical Name:

(Thymus citriodorus)

Family Name:



Full Sun

Common uses:

This is without a doubt one of our favourite thymes. It has an intense lemon scent that blends beautiful with chicken, fish and other meat dishes, it can be added to dips, sauces, salad dressings and off course gin. The leaves are soft enough to be added whole to dishes after being stripped from their stems. Besides the lovely flavour, lemon thyme has the highest concentration of all the thymes. Thymol is a potent anti-bacterial and anti-septic. You can make a strong tea from the leaves and stems and use this as a mouth rinse/ gargle for sore throats and mount sores. This same tea can be drunk to ease hay fever and rhinitis. Some research suggest that lemon thyme has pain relieving properties as well. The tea may be used as a foot soak for athletes foot as it also has strong anti-fungal properties.


Lemon thyme is an easy to grow undemanding plants, in needs fertile soil which should be kept moist but not waterlogged. A variegated variety is available but grows much slower as all variegated plants do. Lemon thyme will tolerate some shade but prefers full sun. They are well suited for pots (see growing tips on potted herbs). In frost free areas they plant will produce leaves all year long. They flower from spring to summer.