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Thyme Thymus vulgaris



Family: Labiatae

---Synonyms--- Thyme, Common Thyme, Garden Thyme, common garden thyme, mother of thyme

--Parts Used--- Leaves and flowering tops

Active Compounds:

Volatile oil, of highly variable composition; the major constituent is thymol, with lesser amounts of carvacrol, with l,8-cineole, borneol, geraniol, linalool, bornyl and linalyl acetate, thymol methyl ether and a-pinene.

Flavonoids; apigenin, luteolin, thymonin, naringenin and others

Miscellaneous; labiatic acid, caffeic acid, tannins etc.

---Medicinal Actions and Uses---

Carminative, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, astringent, anthelmintic, tonic, emmenagogue, resolvent, antiseptic.

With its high content of volatile oil, Thyme makes a good carminative for use in dyspepsia and sluggish digestion. This oil is also a strong antiseptic. Used externally as a lotion for infected wounds, and internally for respiratory and digestive infections. It may be of use as a gargle in laryngitis and tonsillitis, easing sore throats and soothing irritable coughs. An excellent cough remedy, producing expectoration and reducing unnecessary spasm. It may be used in bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma. As a gentle astringent it has found use in childhood diarrhea and bed wetting.

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