The mission statement of the Herb Society of America is to "promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community".

   The Society is committed to protecting our global environment for the health and well-being of humankind and all growing things. We encourage gardeners to practice environmentally sound horticulture.

   The Motto of the Society is taken from the herbalist, John Parkinson: "For Use and Delight"


Program Info

MAY Meeting: "Cosmetic Concoctions"
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

9:30am - Refreshments
10am - Discussion / Meeting
Where: Wimberley Presbyterian Church
956 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676
RSVP to Lisa Valentine at valentine_lisa@msn.com

2023-2024 Calendar of Events
Herb of the Month - June 2024
(Click on the image below for recipes)Herb of the Month

Thyme (Thymus spp.)

  There are 300 - 400 species of plants whose common name is thyme and that are cultivated all over the world. Thymus vulgaris, known as common or English thyme, is the most common culinary variety.

  Lemon, orange, lime, nutmeg, oregano, lavender, and rose are fragrances and flavors of other culinary species and cultivars. There are also non culinary varieties grown primarily for ornamental use.

   Grow thyme species in full sun and well drained soil. Regular pruning helps decrease the woody stems on the plant by promoting new growth.

  Thyme is hardy and can be grown in perennial borders, containers, hanging baskets and of course, herb gardens.

  The use of thyme has a lot of folklore, associations, and traditions:

      It is used as a symbol of bravery and courage in the language
    of flowers.

      The fragrance was thought to promote courage, bravery,
    and strength.

      The exchange of thyme sprigs between Roman soldiers was a
    sign of respect.

      Thyme is used in charms to enable you to see fairies.

      Soldiers would soak in thyme-steeped bath water and may have
    sprigs of thyme sewn into their scarves before going off to battle.

      It is thought that thyme was mixed with the manger hay and
    straw where Jesus was laid.

      Today it is used to sweeten linens in Europe and stuffed in pillows.

      Thyme was planted at gravesites, used to adorn the dead and
    in Egyptian mummification process.

      Through the ages, ancient Greeks, Romans, and others burned
    bundles of thyme for both courage and to rid their homes, temples
    and other spaces of insects and other venomous creatures.

      Thyme was considered a preventative to poison if consumed
    before or during a meal and an antidote to snake and sea creature
    venoms.

  Thyme essential oil contains antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Thymol is the primary chemical constituent of thyme.




Web Links of Interest:

  Herb Society of America
  Austin Herb Society
  North Texas Herb Society
  South Texas Herb Society
  San Antonio Herb Society


Member Benefits:

  Free or discounted admissions to participating gardens and arboreta nationwide though AHS Reciprocal Garden Program

  Specialized district and annual meetings

  Connection to fellow herb enthusiasts through the exclusive, online HSA Membership Directory

  Subscription to the annual journal THE HERBARIST as well as national and district newsletters

  Admission to the members-only section of HSA's website, which includes special educational programs