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Uses of thyme and health benefits. Also includes use of thyme essential oil as headlice deterrent. Note that thyme oil is toxic and should not be used for any other purpose.


  • 1. Thyme Health Benefits

2. Thyme Other names: common thyme, garden thyme Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae 3. Thyme flowers 4. Relatives and Frauds Basil thyme Acinos arvensis Lemon thyme Thymus x citriodorus 5. Important Always use organic methods when growing herbs for medicinal use to avoid contaminants in your remedies! 6. You can use thyme as a substitute for oregano or marjoram, even in Italian dishes like this yummy looking lasagne 7. Tie the bunch tightly. It will shrink as it dries and may fall apart otherwise. Hang it somewhere cool, dry and airy, out of direct sunlight. 8. Contra-Indications Don't use thyme if you're pregnant or trying for a baby. 9. Medicinal Uses of Thyme anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti- bacterial antiseptic expectorant general tonic (adaptogen) 10. Standard Infusion 3-4 teaspoons fresh or 1-2 teaspons dried leaves to 250ml (1 US cup, 8 fl oz) boiling water Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes and strain before use 11. Internal use Up to 3 doses of around 80ml (a third of a cup) per day respiratory complaints (asthma, catarrh, bronchitis/other coughs, laryngitis), chills indigestion, diarrhea and gastritis gargle for tonsillitis etc., mouthwash for bad breath, gum disease (gingivitis) 12. External use anti-fungal, wash for fungal infections eg. athlete's foot steam inhalation for tonsillitis, catarrh, general infections to relieve muscle fatigue in ME/chronic fatigue compress or poultice for rheumatic pain, arthritis etc. 13. A compress is a bandage dipped in an infusion or decoction and wrung out. There are 3 kinds: hot, warm and cold. Refresh to keep the temperature right by putting it back in the liquid every now and then. 14. Steam Inhalation The old way - but you can also buy electric powered steam inhalers if you are going to use this method frequently. 15. Home made mouthwash 2 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried leaves to 250ml (1 US cup, 8 fl oz) boiling water Infuse 10 minutes, cool Use the whole cup, one mouthful at a time 16. Cootie (Headlice) Repellent Add a few drops of thyme essential oil to a bottle of sweet almond oil. (You could also use a thyme maceration.) Comb a little through the hair night and morning. 17. The author Frann Leach has a blog at and is the author of the Herbal Medicine from Your Garden or Windowsill series, available on Amazon. Visit Frann's author page at for a complete list.