Lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) is an herb that is similar in appearance to English thyme, however it is its own distinct variety.

Lemon Thyme

What is Lemon Thyme?

Lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) is an herb that is similar in appearance to English thyme, however it is its own distinct variety. It is used to impart flavor to different dishes and also grown as a decorative plant. The herb has a citrusy lemony flavor and may be used raw in salads and garnishes. Additionally, it is also frequently used in cooking in both fresh and dried forms.

  • Another use for this thyme is herbal teas.
  • It works with any dish that requires a hint of citrus or the taste of thyme.

Some other popular lemon-flavored herbs include:

  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon Basil
  • Lemon Thyme

Origin of lemon thyme

This herb is native to Central Europe, where it is considered a wild herb. It has long been used by ancient civilizations as a medicinal herb. Ancient Egyptians used lemon thyme in embalming. In addition, ancient Greeks used this herb in ritual purification. However, it was Roman legions that brought thyme to England. In the Victorian era, thus thyme was used as a means of attracting the opposite sex and indicated enjoyable activity or pleasure in time spent. Also, it was used to combat the plague in the Middle Ages. Today, this herb is an important element in Mediterranean cuisines.


Nutritional profile for lemon thyme (12 oz):

Additionally, this herb contains calcium, potassium, and B-complex vitamins. It is rich in antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, lutein, and luteolin, which are believed to have anti-cancer properties. Furthermore, this herb has antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Also, in tea form, it has a reputation for offering respiratory aid, working as a decongestant and relaxant.

Commercial production

Lemon thyme requires sunshine and well-drained soils to flourish. It can thrive even in poor quality soils as long as there is good drainage. Nonetheless, it is best to harvest this plant in the mornings, after the dew has dried in order to prevent wilting.

For longer shelf life, it is best to store fresh thyme in a damp paper towel or in a zip-lock bag in the fridge. It will last for up to 2 weeks, if properly stored.

Lemon thyme recipes

This herb is used to bring a citrusy flavor to dishes. Here are a few recipes to try:

FDA regulations

Lemon thyme has no specific classification according to the FDA. However, other herbs and seasonings fall under substances generally recognized as safe


Eleanor Wells, How to Plant and Grow Lemon Thyme, Gardener’s Path, https://gardenerspath.com/plants/herbs/grow-lemon-thyme/ 

Angela, Thyme: The Ultimate Guide, Stillroom Adventures, http://stillroomadventures2.blogspot.com/2016/11/thyme-ultimate-guide.html