All species of Thyme belong to the Mint (Labiatae) family.
Thymus capitatus (European Thyme; European
Oregano; Spanish Oregano; )
Spanish thyme (T. zygis)
This attractive plant is a small fragrant shrub.
Overview and Mythology.
Worldwide cultivation for medicinal, culinary and use in the cosmetic
Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris ) and Spanish thyme (T. zygis)
are used interchangeably for medicinal purposes.
Common thyme has overall higher oil
content. The red or white thyme oil is manufactured commercially for use in
cough drops, mouthwashes, liniment, toothpaste, detergent, and perfume.
The Greeks used Thyme as an incense and the name may be derived from the Greek
meaning to fumigate. The Greek, thumus, meaning
courage is another possible source.
In the middle ages ladies made a posy of thyme for their favorite knight as
it imparted courage and strength.
Thyme was known to classic Rome; it
was added to cheeses and alcoholic beverages.
Thyme was part of
an herbal cigarette that was smoked to relieve stomach upset, headache, and
fatigue. Thyme essence was used in perfumes and embalming oils
On Midsummer Night's Eve, fairies are said to dance on beds of Thyme.
Phenolic Acids: Caffeic Acid
Triterpenic Acids: Ursolic Acid
Organic Acid- Rosmaric Acid -- demonstrates inhibitory properties in reduction of edema, inhibition of
passive curtaneous anaphylaxis,
(volatile oils)----thymol and carvacrol—responsible for the carminative,
expectorant, and possesses antimicrobial and anthelmintic properties
Glycosides of phenolic monoterpenoids
Eugenol and aliphatic alcohols
The Flavonoids Thymonin, Cirsilineol, - may be responsible for the bronchospasmolytic effect of thyme and relaxing effect on
the smooth mucosa.
When Thyme is prepared as an herbal tea, it is usually made from 1 -2
grams of dried leaves and flowering tops.About half teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water
The usual therapeutic dosage of Thyme fluid
extract is 3 - 12 ml per day.
The usual therapeutic dosage of Thyme tincture is 6 - 18 ml per day.
Dried Thyme is widely used as a culinary spice and is
available for this purpose from supermarkets and grocery stores.
Antibacterial, Anti Biotic, Anthelmintic,
Antifungal, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antitussive,
Aromatic, Astringent, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue,
Expectorant, Immune Stimulant, Rejuvenative, Rubefacient, Sedative, Stimulant, Tonic, Vermifuge, Vulnerary.
Leaf, Stem, Root [sometimes], Tincture.
Tea, Tincture, Capsules
Used in the following internal illnesses
Internal Uses: Alcoholism, Appetite Loss, Asthma,
Bronchitis, Catarrh, Colds, Colic, Cough, Depression, Diarrhea, Dysmenorrhea,
Dyspepsia, Expectorant, Flatulence, Flu, Gastritis, Halitosishangovers, Hay
Fever, Headache, Herpes, Hysteria, Indigestion, Laryngitis, Pleurisy,
Shingles, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Stomachache, Tetanus, Tuberculosis,
Whooping Cough, Worms
thyme suppresses some forms of detrimental bacteria:
thyme inhibits the growth of helicobacter pylori.
Thyme loosens the congestion and Mucous associated with Bronchitis.
Thyme alleviates Coughs.
Thyme assists the treatment of Emphysema.
Thyme alleviates Laryngitis
Thyme loosens Mucous
Thyme alleviates Pharyngitis
Thyme may alleviate Whooping Cough
amounts are a sedative whereas larger amounts are a stimulant.
Acne, Arthritis, Asthma, Athlete's Foot, Blemishes, Bronchitis,
Bruises, Burns, Candida, Colds, Crabs, Dandruff, Dental Decay, Depression,
Eye Soreness, Flu, Fungal Infection, Halitosis, Insect Bites, Insect Stings,
Laryngitis, Lice, Mastitis, Mouth Sores, Muscle Soreness, Parasites, Plaque,
Rheumatism, Ringworm, Scabies, Sciatica, Sore Throat, Thrush, Tonsillitis, Warts,
Gargle and mouthwash for dental decay, laryngitis, mouth
sores, plaque formation, sore throat, thrush, tonsillitis, and bad breath. Compress for lung congestion such as asthma, bronchitis, colds and
flu. Poultice for wounds, mastitis,
insect bites and stings. Wash for fungal infections such as athlete's foot
and ringworm, and use against parasites such as crabs, lice and scabies.
Douche for Candida. Compress for bruises. Use as an eyewash for sore eyes and
as a hair rinse for dandruff. Use a salve on acne, blemishes, burns and wounds. Use as a bath herb for sore muscles,
arthritis, and colds. Essential
oil is added to soaps and antidepressant inhalations. Added to massage oils
for sore muscles, rheumatism and sciatica, and applied directly to
Bitter, warm, Dry, Pungent.
indications and side effect
Use During Pregnancy And Lactation.
during pregnancy. No restrictions
known during lactation
with Other Drugs
Doctrine of signatures
flowers arrange like the alveoli
Pungent odor associated with repiratory system.
Plants with a strong aromatic scent are often associated with anti septic,antibiotic properties
4rd and 5th chakra are influenced by this ancient evolved herb.