Thyme in Health and MedicineThe flowering thyme tops contain an essential oil consisting primarily of thymol and carvacrol, along with tannins, bitter compounds, saponins, and organic acids.
Thyme's best use medicinally is as an antiseptic, but it also has expectorant, antispasmodic, and deodorant properties. It aids in digestion, and as such, is excellent when combined with fatty meats that often cause gastrointestinal problems such as duck, lamb, and pork.
Herbal medicinists use thyme in infusions, extracts, teas, compresses, bath preparations and gargles. Recent studies indicate that thyme strengthens the immune system.
The distilled thyme oils are used commercially in the production of antiseptics, toothpaste, mouthwash, gargle, hair conditioner, dandruff shampoo, skin cleanser, various toiletry items, potpourri, and insect repellent. It is an ingredient in commercial expectorants and antispasmodics prescribed for whooping cough and bronchitis.
More about Thyme and Thyme Recipes:• Thyme Selection and Storage
• Thyme Varieties and Facts
• Thyme and Health
• Thyme History
• Thyme Recipes
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