Common name: Thyme
Part used: Soft aerial parts
Habitat: Thyme is a creeping perennial aromatic herb native to the Mediterranean but found wild on many dry slopes across Europe and cultivated worldwide. Drought and frost resistant, thyme needs a soil PH of at least 6 to thrive.
Constituents: Volatile oils (1-2.5%) including thymol, carvacol, and at least 95 others, flavonoids including apigenin and luteolin, tannins (up to 10%), phenolic acids.
Actions: Antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antimicrobial, astringent, anthelmintic, antitussive, carminative, expectorant, spasmolytic, rubefacient (topically)
Traditional and current uses:
- Productive cough, whooping cough, upper respiratory catarrh, pleurisy, aspergillosis, dry coughs, nervous coughs, emphysema (inhalant)
- Asthma (to try to prevent an asthma attack developing fully or as a regular preventative under supervision)
- Tonsilitis (gargle), laryngitis, sore throat
- Mild fever
- Dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, diarrhea, gastritis (though see cautions) worms (larger doses), oral thrush (mouthwash)
- Bedwetting in children, cystitis
- Topical use: fungal infections, skin infections,
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