Mother of Thyme.

Botanical name: 

Plate 35. Serpyllum.

A common wild little plant, but very pretty, very fragrant, and of great virtues. It grows in little tufts by way sides, and on dry hillocks; the stalks are round, slender, reddish, and six or eight inches long, but they do not stand upright. The leaves are very small, and of an oval figure; they grow two at each joint, and they are smooth, and of a bright green. The flowers are of a pale red, and stand in little tufts at the tops of the stalks, the whole plant has a very fragrant smell, and an aromatic and agreeable taste.

It is a better medicine in nervous cases than most that are used; the fresh plant or dried, may be drank as tea; it is very agreeable to the taste, and by a continuance, will cure the common nervous disorders. The night mare is a very troublesome disease, and often puzzles the physician, but it will be perfectly cured by a tea made of this plant.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.