Fresh Thyme showing leaves and stem on the left, dried thyme foliage on the right.

Latin name: Thymus Vulgaris L.

Standardized undistinguished name Thyme

Common names: Common Thyme

Other low names: English Thyme, Garden thyme, Lemon Thyme, Mother of Thyme

Family: Lamianceae

Authored ~ means of:  ANNA T ATHIENO

Parts used:

Thymus vulgaris (fl vs If)

Botanical narrative:

 Thymus Vulgaris L.has got divers woody stems growing upwards. The family has tiny straight pointed green and gold-colored leaves which are opposite and sessile by some white dots.  It is afore~ to have whorled flowers although I was not quick to see any flowers. In the bastyr garden it is increasing among other plants in the Lamianceae tribe. The branches are thin and cover out.


On the plant employment website, the natural habitat of Thyme is listed of the same kind with Mediterranean, hot, dry summers, cool and wet winters. It also grows at temperatures between 4-28 degrees Celsius but optimally at 16 degrees, it is  listed similar to hardy at -15 degrees Celsius. Thyme is in like manner said to be drought tolerant though a little water during dry periods is inclined to aid others. It can also grow in  heavy  rainy weather soils , it may die quickly .There is more thyme  being cultivated  in the Bastyr  garden  with  a  climate  considered  to  be  Marine western coast  with damp , cool winters  and demulcent , dry summers  (The weather of the pacific north west)

Taste & Energetic properties:

Energetics: Aromatic, soft, tastes like cow urine, it’s irritating to the lungs.

 Tendencies: warming and drying (pertaining medicine from the heart of the turf)

  When   the fresh leaves are chewed and swallowed it leaves   a sharp piercing fine ~ on the tongue and draws with~ a lot of saliva, it besides made me cough a lot. Also which time the dry leaves are chewed adhering, it  tastes herbie and bitterish . A vehement infusion of fresh thyme leaves tastes and smells like cow urine. An  A decoction of make ~ thyme leaves where I used the wet extract as a base for the cough syrup with a mixture of union and honey . The syrup had the impregnable aromatic smell and tasted sweet greatest number likely because of the honey yet after swallowing it a caused a rant full of saliva and also made me cough and from this time forth the likely irritation to  the lungs. When thyme is added to rice of the same kind with spice, it gives the rice a savory aroma and it tastes like curried dish  but when rice is boiled through thyme t gives the rice a pointed taste (My experience)

Doctrine of Signatures:

Because Thyme attracts bees, it have power to be used as a flavoring in honey. Also Thyme stimulates the thymus gland (Earth long-headed herbal page 484)

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Expectorant and secromotor activities:  An experiment  showed that saponin  extract  from T. vulgaris  proved  that thyme oil  had some effect of secromotor activity , also there was   stimulation of  ciliary move of the pharynx of mucosa frogs  that were treated  by thyme oil dilutions .Thyme extract in like manner showed an increase in mucus  secretion of the bronchi . (WHO monographs without ceasing selected medicinal plants.-Vol. 1.)

Antifungal and Antibacterial activities : Invitro studies bring forth shown that thyme  essential oils  and thymol  receive antifungal activities against  Cryptococus , neoformans , Asperquillas, Saprolegnia  and Zygorhychus kind .Both  Essential oil  and thymol  showed  exercise against  Salmonella Typhimurium , Staphylococcus aureus , Esherichia coli  and other bacteria group (WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants.-Vol. 1.)

Anti-mutagenic  : In cooking  Lutcoin  a flavonoid isolated from  thyme  showed  ant mutagenic activity  in vitro  against  dietary  carcinogen  formed for the period of cooking . An extract  of thyme  moreover showed  ant mutagenesis  with modulating  effects on DNA repair of ecoli that is said  to be a outcome of stimulating  of error free repair principles  and practice  of phytotherapy   novel herbal  medicine (WHO monographs on selected therapeutical plants.-Vol. 1.)

Anti-spasmodic: Although  the volatile  oil of thyme  was proven to  require antispasmodic  effect .The assumption  of again volatile principle  inspired a  study which  focused on  flavonoids  and form in a mould that  Flavonones  and thyme extracts  were active on smooth muscle guinea pigs . Also In vitro it was build that the Flavone of Thymus vulgaris are calcium duct blockers and musculotropic agents which     act adhering the smooth muscles by   reducing the contraction of arteries and increasing the arterial central chord. (WHO monographs on selected medicinal p-Vol. 1.)           

Antioxidant: Rosmarinic acid  moreover showed  antioxidant  activity in vitro  in inhibiting lipid peroxidation, reduced  production  of superoxide  anion deep-seated; and also inhibited  the external  oxidative  effects  of polymorph nuclear granulocytes .The biphenyl settle and eriodictol isolated from  thyme  showed  antioxidant   properties  through inhibiting  superoxide production and  the biphenyl  connive at showed efficiency  as  it  protected red life-current cells  against  oxidative hemolysis .(Principles  and customary course of phytotherapy )

 Ant allergic and anti incendiary activity: Rosmarinic acid inhibited immune hemolysis of enterocytes   in vitro which was due to inhibition of the model production complements pathway. Also when it was administered in words, it showed inhibition of passive cutaneous anaphylaxis in a rat. Also a study showed  that thymus  inhibited neutrophil chemotaxis  in vitro .There was  a obstinate correlation observed  between superoxide  anion generation  in neutrophils and inhibition  of neutrophil  chemotaxis .Thyme in addition exhibited  allergic  reaction  by inhibiting  beta  hexasaminadase  release  from rat basophilic  leukemia  cells invitro  .(WHO monographs forward selected medicinal p-Vol. 1. )

Neurological spryness: Carvacol was screened for pharmacological effects on the central nervous system and it was ground to have anxiolytic activity when administered in words in mice. Also when  with vocal dosage of  about 12.5g to 50g   of  carvacol , antidepressant personal estate were observed  and was assumed to be  due to an  increase  in dopamanic levels . .(WHO monographs up~ selected medicinal p-Vol. 1.)


     Essential oil (borneol, carvacol, cymol, linalool, thymol).

 Bitter groundwork. (Herb farm) Thyme consists of Beta carotene, geraniol, Limonene. Campor , Citra amino acids , caffeic ,Capyric , chlogenic , cinnnamic sour , Gallic ,vanillic and other essential greasy acids , salicylates , tannin , calcium , iron , magnesium , manganese , the morning star,  potassium , selenium , Zinc , B-vitamins  and vitamin c .(The complete  herbal guide )

 Flavonoids ; Flavones  apigenin and luteoline  were found  to  be important  flavonoids  present as 0-glycosides  and a glycones and are accompanied   ~ means of many methylated  flavones   also flavonols and flavonones  are not of abundant importance ( handbook of herbs and spices ~ dint of. Vk peter)

 Tannins and   Phenolic compounds: Tannins are represented   ~ dint of. resmarinic acid a depside of caffeic sour and dehydrocaffeic acid. Also free phenolic acids were base like P-courmaric acid, syringic sour and felulic acid (handbook of herbs and spices ~ the agency of Vk peter)


            Thymol (a thyme select ) was administered  an ethanol  dry extract  of thyme  ordeal with 12 volunteers where just thymol was administered and  it was not detected  nor one nor the other in plasma and urine ,  however metabolites    thymol sulphate   and thymol  glucuronide was  place in urine  , only thymol glucuronide was detected in plasma. The total of the plasma only on the thymol sulphate was detected. The total of both thymol sulphate and glucuronide extracted was in 24 twenty-fourth part of a day was 16.2% +4.5%(The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology ).

Indications and Effects:

 Common cold  .A living body experiencing   a cold  with chills ,sore throat , and   stuffed  nose because it has got  expectorant   properties  that would help  to remove  excess mucus  and to the degree that an irritating expectorant it will enrage the lining of the bronchials   of the like kind that the  phlegm is coughed in a puzzle .(new age herbalists )  drops of thyme oil in water in a gaseous state inhalation in hot water  can  sinless nose and throat  also fresh  thyme leaves  be able to clear a stuffed  nose .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also it would have ~ing useful on someone with a viral  pest when used  as an antibiotic because it  is a strong antimicrobial  , it has got  giddy oils so as a steam inhalation  would help someone with a lung bane.


  I didn’t perceive any  warnings written

 Pregnancy: No premises given   and therefore should have ~ing used with care or with warrant from medical personnel.

 No knowledge of facts available concerning  herb to put ~s into interactions, drug and laboratory interactions and pediatric employment.

Classic formulas:

 In Dr. John Christopher’s form thyme was used both internally and externally. I Cup of moisten  was sweetened with 1 catalogue spoonful of honey  and taken 3-4 ages daily  and used to treat  infections , diarrhea and cancer .


  I would blend Thyme with Rosemary and sage to construction tea. Rosemary is atonic and improves freedom, and just like thyme has got a extreme amount of Rosmarinic acid which is antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-seditious also Sage which is antibiotic and is capital for clearing fevers, germs and insensibility. I would make a tea because of treating a common cold and flu.

Preparations and Doses:

 Rosemary galdster suggests   a glowing infusion of Thyme in honey ~ the agency of adding   thyme leaves and flowers to a furious honey after which it left to drench for two weeks and is used ~ dint of. tea spoonful.

A mixture of thyme by a facial steam to treat flu and low cold, all the mucus drained out  and I didn’t own a stuffy nose the following  day  however  the coughing  didn’t  stop  .

 A cupping-glass of thyme tea take 3 general condition of affairs a day for three days cleared my afflictive throat.

Sustainability/Ecological Issues:

Thyme is afore~ to have the potential to change the soil through leaching water-soluble compounds from leaves and litter decomposition. (The response of Bromus erectus to the port of different Thymus vulgaris chemo types. Ehlers BK1, Thompson J.) Thyme is confused of danger because it can brook most climates although   well drained alkaline land and a sunny location favor it. However, honorable harvest practices should still be practiced and taker of odds yet Thyme should be allowed to expand wildly it’s okay to civilize but   the one that grows wildly shouldn’t be destroyed.

Current literature

   Invitro study carried uncovered to determine the antifungal activity of first principle oils obtained from Mentha spicata, Thymus vulgaris and Laurus nobilis. (

 A study was carried by an   aim to evaluate the in vitro and vivo helminthagogue activity of the essential oil of thymus vulgaris over ~ H. contortus and of its entire component, the monoterpene thymol. Despite the not absolute ineffectiveness of the oil in the in vivo trial, it was the in vitro results that validated the exercise of T. vulgaris oil as some anthelmintic agent. It was found that the absolute requisite oil and thymol, which accounts concerning were effective against the three continent stages of H. contortus. The oil and thymol were in like manner able to inhibit egg hatching by 96.4-100%, larval development of Haemonchus contortus ~ means of 90.8-100 %,)( Thymus vulgaris L. idiopathic oil and its main component thymol: Anthelmintic personal estate against Haemonchus contortus from sheep.)(

In vitro and in vivo strength of carvacrol against Echinococcus granulosus was carried gone ~. In the study it was  revealed  that the germinal layer of cysts treated with carvacrol depraved the multicellular structure feature not solely that but also  when  40mg/kg of  cavicorn was administered during  20 days in mice through cysts compared to the control there was a reduction in cysts dimensions .( )

Personal Experiences:

I  liked Thyme taken in the character of a spice in fish or chicken  but  after  reading  about  how  it  was a interest expectorant , I decided  to experiment with  it a feeble bit . I  used it as  a facial steam   to treat  the cold and flu  and  the following light of ~ the stuffy nose had cleared  , I furthermore made  tea  with honey   with respect to  the sore throat  my throat was cleared  although I’m not abiding if it’s treating the cough or worsening it  for the cause that the more I tooke it  the worse it got  .


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          By Anna Athieno

 She is a herbal sciences major at Bastyr University , she is besides an enterpreneur , a blogger and is remarkably passionate about nature. Takecharge of your soundness, health is wealth .

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