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Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)


Thyme is a popular herb that is widely used in making balm. This is a home made treatment that is applied topically to treat cuts, injuries, acne, skin conditions and rashes. Herbal balm is also a very effective facial skin treatment. It can be applied on the forehead, throat and neck. Additionally, it treats sores, burns and all injuries in all parts of the body. The herb contains antiseptic properties that make it an excellent herb for external and internal use. Thyme can be used to boost the immune system because it enhances its functions to protect the body against fungus, virus and bacterial infections. Apart from herbal balm, thyme can also be used in different preparations to treat colds, flu, candida, coughs, gastroenteritis, salpingitis and cystitis. The herb also possesses the best expectorant and soothing properties. These make it quite effective in the treatment of brochial infections, ashthma, whooping cough, removing phlegm by augmenting production of fluid mucous.

Medicinal Uses

Thyme is an excellent herb that contains some of the best medicinal properties. Therefore, it is widely used in the treatment of

  1. Candida: this is because it contains antiseptic and astrigent properties. These helps in treatment of candida by restoring usual bacteria. It treats candida that occurs in the mouth, vagina and respiratory tract.
  2. It combines its astringent and antiseptic properties and it helps in treatment of diarrhea. It also helps to prevent the condition.
  3. Thyme acts as a liver decontamination tonic. Therefore, it helps to prevent and treat liver related conditions.
  4. Treats skin disorders, gallbladder related conditions, lethargy and anemia.
  5. Treats colds, flu, coughs, gastroenteritis, salpingitis and cystitis
  6. It has soothing properties that aids in the treatment of brochial infections, ashthma, whooping cough, removing phlegm by augmenting production of fluid mucous.
  7. Its expectorant properties also helps in the treatment of respiratory infections
  8. It is effective in the treatment of mental fatigue. This is because of its stimulating action on the nervous system. The herb also alleviates tension, sleeplessness and anxiety.
  9. Used in the treatment of urinary tract infections
  10. Treats rheumatism, gout and any pain in the back
  11. Regulates menstrual cycle and helps in the treatment or removal of any contagions in the reproductive system due to its antiseptic, astringent and soothing properties.
  12. Thyme is also rich in diuretic properties therefore; it helps to prevent water retention in the body and swelling of feet among other related conditions.
  13. Thyme treats mood changes and depression.
  14. Its soothing properties help in treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, colic, wind, digestive tract problems, spastic colon, ingestion, anemia and lack of appetite.
  15. Tones the immune system due to its stimulating and antiseptic properties. Therefore, it aids in the treatment of pleurisy, bronchitis, whooping cough and other chest infections.
  16. It also treats hay fever, expels worms from the stomach especially in small children.
  17. When applied topically on the skin, it helps to alleviate pain caused by insect bites and stings.
  18. It also treats athlete’s foot, ringworm, thrush, fungal infections caused by lice and scabies when blended with bath water.
  19. Other medicinal uses include the treatment of altitude sickness, urinary incontinence, temporomandibular joint disorder or syndrome and wrinkles.  

Dosage and Administration

  1. Take an infusion prepared with thyme 8fl  or 200ml twice a day.
  2. For tincture prepared with thyme, tale 40 drops or 2ml on daily basis.
  3. Thyme can also be taken as a syrup 10ml or two teaspoons a day to treat coughs, tender throats and flu. You can also used it in combination with licorice or ingest to treat coughs.
  4. For essential oil extracted from thyme, use 2 drops of thyme in 50ml or base oil and massage it on the body. It helps to enhance blood circulation and warm up cold joints.

Parts Used

Aerial parts and leaves


  1. Enhances blood circulation
  2. Warms up cold joints
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Can be used for culinary purposes including flavoring meat, fish and poultry dishes, marinade chicken and meat.
  5. Can be used as a mouthwash to rinse and in the treatment of sore gums.

Side Effects

Avoid strong medicinal doses during pregnancy to prevent miscarriage and other possible complications.

Large doses of thyme can cause intestinal problems.


Diarrhea and bloating can also occur when using thyme. In this case, it is vital to cut the use of the herb or reduce the amount to prevent adverse conditions.

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