Thyme has weaved its way into our collective imagination throughout history. The Egyptians and Etruscans mixed the herb into ointments that were used to embalm the dead. When Greeks were not busy burning thyme on altars as a gift to their gods, they were adding the herb to their cooking or sprinkling it into bath tubs and rubbing it on their bodies for its enticing fragrance. Legend has it that when Paris kidnapped Helen, she was so beside herself with sorrow that every tear she wept fell to the ground and a tuft of thyme grew thereafter. The Romans also fancied thyme—mixing it into cosmetics thought to slow the aging process and creating eau de toilettes to scent their beds. During the Middle Ages, thyme was the symbol of courage, which resulted in young women embroidering thyme onto scarves to offer knights of the Crusades who were venturing too far from their hearts. Witches were condemned for making love potions composed of marjoram, thyme, verbena and myrtle flowers.