Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) was praised by herbalist Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) as “a notable strengthener of the lungs, as notable as one as grows; neither is there a better remedy growing for that disease in children which they commonly call chin-cough (whooping cough)”. Thyme is an excellent antiseptic and tonic and today it is still used as a respiratory remedy. Thyme is effective in reducing fever, headaches and mucus. It is also good for treating asthma, bronchitis and croup. Research in the 1990’s in Scotland suggests that Thyme has a markedly tonic effect, supporting the body’s normal functions and lowers cholesterol levels.
Phytochemicals: Alpha-pinene, apigenin, beta-carotene, borneol, caffeic acid, camphor, caprylic acid, carvacrol, carvone, chlorogenic acid, cinnamic acid, citral, eugenol, ferulic acid, gallic acid, geraniol, kaempferol, lauric acid, limonene, linalool, luteolin, myristic acid, naringenin, oleanolic acid, p-coumaric acid, p-cymene, phytoserols, rosmarinic acid, salicylates, tannin, thymol, ursolic acid, vanillic acid.
Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc.
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3 and C.