Information on Thyme

Latin NameThymus vulgaris
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsEssential oil, bulk herb.
AffectsImmune system, Respiratory system
CautionsContraindicated in large doses during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA low-growing, aromatic mint family member with short spikes of small purple flowers that forms dense mats; from the Mediterranean region.
DescriptionThyme has a beneficial expectorant and antispasmodic effect on the bronchi and is taken for whooping cough, bronchitis, and coughs. It is also commonly used in cough syrups. Because of its antiseptic effect, thyme is sometimes used for sore throats from a cold or flu and urinary infections. Thymol, a powerful antibacterial constituent found in thyme, is often used in mouthwashes, liniments, and lozenges.

Thyme has a taste of BITTER, AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Thyme

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Tonsils, infected--acuteantibacterialtea, capsule
Whooping coughantispasmodictea, tincture
Throat, sore--acuteantiseptictea
Bronchitisexpectoranttea, syrup, essential oil

References

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