Thymus vulgaris

Plant family: Labiatae (Mint family)

Part used: leaf

Taste: spicy, aromatic

Historical commentary: Thyme was used in ancient times as a flavoring agent and as a fumigant (in incense), but became known in the 17th century as a treatment for lung diseases and digestive disorders. The name is derived from the Greek word for courage; it was believed that the plant could impart courage and vigor.


Antitussive: for bronchitis and whooping cough.

Anticattharal: resolves mucus congestion of the upper respiratory tract.

Digestive aid: relieves gas and bloating (carminative), improves appetite and alleviates gastric insufficiency and distress (stomachic).

Modern findings: Thyme has been shown to have antiseptic and antioxidant properties.

Dosage: 1-2 grams.

Active constituents: The essential oils are the main active constituent, with the phenolic compounds thymol and carvacrol being dominant.

Cautions: None known, but the herb is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the strong action of the essential oils.

Künzle Formulas: Tea for Colds, Tea for Flu.