Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris).
One of my favorite culinary herbs - Thyme is what makes comfort food comforting. Strictly as a culinary herb, it is great in soups, pastas and rubs. Its purple flowers are also great in a garden because they attract bees.
As a medicinal it has a broad range of uses. It has astringent, antiseptic qualities so it’s good used in a tincture (with alcohol or glycerin) as mouthwash to fight colds, or even as a household disinfectant. A tea made from the leaves and flowers can be used as an expectorant and is also supposed to help control blood pressure and work as a calming antispasmodic. If you are trying to sweat out a cold, Thyme can be used in diaphoretic baths.
Thyme gets its name from a Greek word meaning “to fumigate” and was burned in ancient and Medieval times as a healing incense. Traditionally Thyme is thought to invigorate so it was believed to help motivate and start romance, awaken psychic abilities, and cleanse the soul to allow room for new opportunities.