A member of the mint family, thyme is native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean. With its gray-green leaves and pungent minty, light-lemon aroma, thyme is a staple in most every herb garden. Cooking with thyme adds Vitamins A and C to dishes, which helps with vision and immune functions. Seasoning foods with a combination of thyme, basil, and oregano may ease the discomfort of a sore throat, and thyme is often added to hot teas to reduce chest or respiratory problems. As an oil, thyme has been touted for its antiseptic activities.