Thyme is a common herb and is generally used as a condiment or spice. Besides that, thyme is also used in herbal and domestic medicines. The medicinal properties of thyme come mainly from its essential oil which is extracted through steam distillation of fresh flowers and leaves. The chief constituents of this essential oil are Alpha Thujone, Alpha Pinene, Camphene, Beta Pinene, Para Cymene, Alpha Terpinene, Linalool, Borneol, Beta Caryophyllene, Thymol and Carvacrol.
Antibacterial: kills or inhibits bacteria.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Antispasmodic: referring to something that suppresses spasms.
Carminative: relieves discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
Cicatrizant: a healing agent.
Diuretic: increases the amount or frequency of urination.
Emmenagogue: stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.
Expectorant: a substance used to cause or induce expulsion of phlegm from the lungs.
Insecticide: It keeps away insects, pests and kills them. It can be effectively used to keep parasites away from the human body like mosquitoes, fleas, lice, bed-bugs, and flies.
Stimulant: increases physiological or nervous activity in the body.
Tonic: restorative and curative; intended to invigorate.
Vermifuge: something that acts as a drug to cause expulsion or death of intestinal worms.
Other Benefits: Acts as a memory booster and antidepressant. Helps to concentrate and cure sinusitis, bronchitis, anorexia, cellulite, eczema, athlete’s foot, dermatitis, insect and animal bites, stings, laryngitis, and other infections.
Safety Warning: Avoid is pregnant or if history of high blood pressure. Moderate toxicity. Skin irritant. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.