Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)


Author: Czygan FC & Hansel R: Zeithschrift fur Phytother 14 (2): 104-110, 1993.

Abstract: The thyme species Thymus vulgaris, T. zygis, and T. pulegiodes are still in modem as well as traditional medicine. In the form of tea preparations and especially in the form of dry- and fluid-extracts these medicinal plants are reed as expectorants and bronchospasmolytics, e.g., for the treatment of acute or chronic bronchitis and in general in case of catarrh of the upper respiratory tract. Often in pharmaceutical preparations the concentration of thyme is deficient for a clinical effect.


Every good cook will know thyme's value in the kitchen as an essential ingredient of bouquet garni and as a tasty herb to enliven meat and poultry dishes. Thyme also makes an excellent garnish for hot vegetables such as carrots, swede and potatoes and a delicious addition to soups, stews and sauces.

A hot bowl of tomato soup will warm you on a cold winter's day from your top to your toes when you add a little thyme. It owes its pungent flavour to a volatile blend of oils which stimulate the circulation and provide warmth and energy to those feeling cold and lethargic.

Thyme Heals

Herbal Remedies

Folklore Uses

Traditional Healing

In this edition of the Natural Medicine Chest, we'll discuss the folklore, history, chemistry, and medicinal applications of the common kitchen herb, thyme.

This common culinary spice with the botanical name of Thymus vulgaris is only one member of a large genera that included over 400 species and even more varieties. The Thymus genera are originally native to the Mediterranean region and are a perennial plant that grows wild usually in dry, sandy soil, green heaths, and grasslands.

Take thyme for respiratory health

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