Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) is an aromatic perennial herbaceous plant belonging to the family Lamiaceae and native to North Africa, Europe and Asia. Thyme was used by ancient Egyptians in embalming, while the ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, as they believed that thyme was a source of courage.
However, the vast medicinal uses of Thyme cannot go unnoticed. It has been used over centuries as a remedy for many ailments from epilepsy to melancholy. Today, herbalists prescribe it for bronchial problems, diarrhea, worms, gastrointestinal ailments, laryngitis and even lack of appetite.
Thyme is an excellent source of Iron, Manganese, and Vitamin K and also a good source of Calcium and dietary fibre. It is a powerful antiseptic and hence is used in athletes foot and on skin parasites such as lice and crabs. Its antiseptic properties are also effective against tooth decay. It is also used in bronchial ailments and intestinal problems. Thyme also contains a constituent which prevents formation of blood clots.
Thyme works as a good digestive aid and is a good hangover remedy. Thyme infusions are said to be effective in treating headaches, and for coughs pertaining to colds and flu, as well as whooping cough, as the active constituents in Thyme help in loosening and expelling mucus. Thyme infusions also help in soothing and healing various skin irritations, fungal infections and muscle spasms.
For using Thyme as an anti-fungal agent or parasitic, it would be best to mix four ounces of Thyme to a pint of alcohol, or use the essential oil sparingly on the affected area. For bronchitis and gastric ailments, it is best to make a tea with thyme, adding honey as a sweetener, and the solution could be used once a day.
For use of Thyme as a mouthwash to prevent tooth decay and bad breath, add a teaspoon of Thyme into half a cup of boiled water and use it for gargling.