Thymus vulgaris is known by a few names including Garden Thyme, Common Thyme or just Thyme. It is a bushy, dwarf shrub from the Lamiaceae family. Grown for the aromatic leaves, they are small and coloured dark grey-green. The leaves can be harvested and dried throughout the year. Flowers are arranged on terminal spikes in whorls, they are white or pink in colour, appearing in the summer. With such a wide variety of uses, it's a must-have for the herb garden. Thyme was used by the Egyptians for embalming, as incense by the early Greeks, and to ward off nightmares or as a gift during the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the most popular herbs to grow, especially because it is grown as a perennial, so it doesn't have to be replanted each year. It has culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses and is also used as an insect repellant.