Scientific Name - Thymus vulgaris
Properties - Antiseptic, aromatic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, antispasmodic, febrifuge, vermifuge
Common Uses - In tea, or added to soups and sauces, thyme may soothe headaches, colds, coughs, and sore throats. A poultice made from the leaves may aid in healing sores. Diluted oil is used to massage aching muscles.
Parts Used - Leaves and flowering top
Locating & Handling - Purchase dried or fresh thyme at grocery store. The essential oil is available at health food stores.
Caution - Pure oil should not be taken internally as it may impair normal function of heart, lungs, and thyroid.
Origin - Mediterranean region