Beneficial properties of Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Highly appreciated in the kitchen, it has powerful therapeutic properties


What has made Thyme popular so far is its use in cooking as a highly appreciated aromatic plant, thanks to the excellent smell and flavor it gives to dishes. In reality, the culinary aspect takes second place if we think that the essential oil obtained from this plant has various therapeutic properties related to the presence of a particular phenol: thymol, a powerful antiseptic, antispasmodic and vermifuge.
Here is specifically where Thyme acts:

  • It is useful in the treatment of flu, bronchitis, sore throat, cough and cold. In fact, thymol and carvacrol act both as a cough reliever and as an expectorant, protecting the airways. These components are able to fight infections, acting as real natural antibiotics, but without affecting the stability of the immune system and the balance of the intestinal bacterial flora.
  • Thyme promotes heart health thanks to components that stabilize cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
  • Thanks to its components, Thyme is also a great source of antioxidants, which allow to neutralize the action of free radicals and thus to keep the brain active, the body's cells in good health and delay the aging process. For this reason, Thyme is considered a powerful tonic for body and mind.
  • Thyme is also a cure-all for health and oral hygiene.
  • Thyme is also effective for topical use, in fact it fights the bacteria that cause acne. Thyme is also able to stimulate hair growth and, improving the scalp blood circulation, it cleanses the scalp from dandruff.
  • Thyme essential oil promotes digestion and facilitate the air release from the stomach.
  • Being a source of vitamin K, calcium, iron and manganese, Thyme also plays an important role in bone health.
  • Thyme is also an excellent remedy for cramps and various types of muscle spasms.
  • Thyme has a toning and calming effect and is good to facilitate sleep and fight fatigue and stress.


Plants are our great allies, but they can interact with drugs, not suitable during pregnancy and breastfeeding or for our personal sensibilities.

It is therefore always advisable to ask the suggestion of a professional.

Essential Oils, in the majority of cases, must be used diluted in carrier oils or with other vegetal substances.

As it treats of essences, they can also be irritating, especially for particularly sensitive people.

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