Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a very versatile culinary herb flavouring all types of dishes, but did you know it's one of the most incredible healing herbs to be found in most kitchens?
The herb contains thymol, a potent antiseptic, which doesn't cause irritation and carvacrol that increases mucous secretion. Thyme can be used to treat respiratory conditions including bronchitis, coughs, pertussis, pleurisy, asthma and laryngitis and conditions of the gastrointestinal tract such as acute and chronic gastritis, diarrhoea, colic, dyspepsia, and enteritis. It also treats cystitis or bladder infection. Used externally, thyme treats fungal infections, infected skin conditions, tonsillitis (gargle), oral thrush (mouthwash), vaginal thrush (douche), and it can be used as an inhalant to help emphysema.
Adult dose three times a day:
Infusion of dried herb - 1 to 4 grams
For a single dose, weigh the herb (double the above amount if using fresh thyme), cut finely and place in a teapot or infuser. Pour 250ml of boiling water over the herb, cover and let infuse for 30 minutes and strain into a cup.
Precaution: Although the herb is safe in therapeutic doses or added to food, excessive amounts will cause uterine contractions that may threaten expulsion of the foetus.
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.