Thyme - Thymus Vulgaris

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This Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Thyme - Thymus vulgaris in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Part used: Leaves and flowers.

Taste/smell: Aromatic.

Tendencies: Warming, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:1.5 fresh + dry strength liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Thyme is indicated for spasmodic conditions of the respiratory and urinary tract with infectious symptoms.

Use: (a) Expectorant, (b) Spasmolytic, (c) Bronchodilator, (d) Carminative, (e) Antioxidant, (f) Antibacterial with in vitro activity against Staph aureus, (g) Antifungal, (h) Diuretic, (i) Vermifuge.

Thyme is specific for whooping cough, bronchitis and other respiratory tract conditions where an expectorant and bronchodilator is useful. It makes a great addition to a steam inhalation for sinusitis. It can be used both internally and externally on the chest. Additionally thyme is beneficial for urinary tract infections.

Contraindications: An overdose of the essential oil can cause abdominal pain and temporary collapse and should not be used internally except under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner. It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effect.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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