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Thyme

Also indexed as:Thymus vulgaris
Thyme: Main Image© Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Thymus vulgaris

Parts Used & Where Grown

This fragrant plant is indigenous to the Mediterranean region of Europe and is extensively cultivated in the United States. The dried or partially dried leaves and flowering tops are used medicinally.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Bronchitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Thyme has antispasmodic, mucus-clearing, and antibacterial actions.
Chronic Candidiasis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils from thyme have been shown to have significant antifungal action. Doctors recommend enteric-coated capsules, which break down in the intestines instead of the stomach.
Cough
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Many constituents in thyme team up to provide its antispasmodic, mucus-expelling, and cough-preventing actions. It also appears to be safe even for small children.
Halitosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from thyme have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Head Lice

(Paw Paw, Tea Tree Oil)
Apply shampoo to hair and leave on for one hour before washing out1 star[1 star]
An herbal shampoo containing a standardized extract of paw paw, thyme oil, and tea tree oil has been found to be effective in treating head lice.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Thyme is a gas-relieving herb that may be helpful in calming an upset stomach.
Infection
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Thyme is an herb that directly attack microbes.
Whooping Cough
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Many constituents in thyme team up to provide its antispasmodic, mucus-expelling, and cough-preventing actions. It also appears to be safe even for small children.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Other than its use as a spice, thyme has a long history of use in Europe for the treatment of dry, spasmodic coughs as well as bronchitis.1 Its antispasmodic actions have made it a common traditional recommendation for whooping cough. Thyme has also been used to ease an irritated gastrointestinal tract. The oil has been used to treat topical fungal infections and is also used in toothpastes to prevent gingivitis.

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