- Modern herbalists still recommend thyme as an antispectic that can be used on clean, minor wounds, sore throats and coughs and the lining of the stomach and intestines.
- In Germany, thyme is widely used as an expectorant and as a relaxant of the respitory tracts to calm a cough
Thyme was once a symbol of courage, most likely because it was an ever-present on battlefields, from the crusades to the first World War. Indeed until the Great War, the pleasant-smelling oil of thyme, which is made up of two compounds thymol and carvacol, was the most widely used antiseptic or disinfectant. Other more powerful chemicals are used today in these settings however thymol can still be found in popular antiseptic mouthwashes.
Latin name: Thymus vulgaris
Type: Organic, Dried Leaves
£2.50 – £4.50
For minor cuts and grazes, rub crushed, clean leaves in to the wound, before dressing it. You can also apply a little thyme oil as an antiseptic HOW TO MAKE THYME OIL
To enjoy as an infusion for a hard-to-shift cough or to settle the stomach, add two teaspoons of dried herb to a cup of boiled water and leave for up to ten minutes before drinking, up to three times per day.
Alternatively, add a teaspoon of tincture to water up to three times per day
- Do not consume thyme oil internally since it can be toxic
- Do not give to any child under two years old
- Do not use while pregnant or nursing
- For over 65s, use low levels, infrequently