Thyme – (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme is a small herb that is found in most kitchen gardens. These tiny leaves are often used as seasoning for meat, fish and vegetable dishes. The ancient Egyptians used thyme to embalm the dead. The Romans get credit for spreading this useful little herb throughout Europe, since they used it to purify their rooms and to flavor cheese and liqueurs. In the Middle Ages, a sprig of herb was placed beneath the pillow to ward off bad dreams. It was often included in the gifts ladies gave to knights as it was thought to bring courage. It was also used in funerals to help the departed gain passage to the next life.
Key Medicinal Uses
Internally – Thyme is taken for dyspepsia, respiratory and digestive infections. It is a natural expectorant that reduces coughing spasms. It can be used for asthma, whooping cough and bronchitis. It is safe to use for children's diarrhea and to help end bed wetting. It is a stimulating tonic during convalescence. The herb has been used for hysteria, flatulence, colic, headache and dysmenorrhea. It promotes perspiration. It is also effective against candidiasis (yeast infections).
Externally – Lotion can be applied to infected wounds. An infusion can be used as a gargle for laryngitis, tonsillitis, sore throats and to soothe irritable coughs. Oil can be used topically for rheumatic and neuralgic pain. The herb can be used to treat halitosis, gingivitis and for topical fungal infections.
Other Uses – This is a popular culinary herb, used frequently in French, Greek and Italian cuisines as well as many others.
Herbs to Combine/Supplement
Combine thyme with lobelia and ephedra for asthmatic problems. Combine it with wild cherry and sundew for whooping cough. In a combination with paw paw and tea tree oil, it is effective against head lice.
Thyme is a safe herbal remedy when used as directed. It is considered safe during pregnancy and lactation. The oil should only be used externally. If taken internally it can cause dizziness, breathing problems and vomiting. There are no current known drug interactions.
Preparation and Dosage
A thyme tincture can be taken three times a day in a dose of 2 to 4 ml.