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Common Thyme

(Thymus Vulgaris)

There are many different types of Thyme to be found today, all of which originated from the wild thyme that can still be found growing in the Mediterranean countries of southern Europe. All of these sub- species will contain some active agents, but the potencies vary considerably and so for herbal medicine it is essential that the standard species be used.

Thyme contains a volatile oil that consists of thymol, carvacrol, borneol, cymol and linalool. Thymol is a strong antiseptic agent that works without irritating mucosa or skin. Carvacrol stimulates the mucosa membranes while borneol stimulates the circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems.

Thyme in its whole form also includes tannins, flavonoids and saponins. It is anti-fungal and anthelmintic, being particularly effective against Ascarids. Thyme’s antispasmodic action has a carminative effect on the gut and can relax bronchial infections and it is noted for its ability to purge phlegm.


Summary of Actions

Anti-spasmodic
Anti-fungal
Vermicidal / Antihelmintic
Vermifugal
Expectorant