This text provides information in simple language on the topic: Thyme.

What is thyme?

Thyme is a medicinal plant. Medicinal plants are special plants. Medicinal plants have healing powers. Medicinal plants can help against various ailments.

There are several types of thyme. One of these types is called: real thyme. You can use real thyme as medicine. The Latin word for real thyme is: Thymus vulgaris.

The picture shows real thyme.

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You can use almost any part of the thyme. The root is not edible.

There are essential oils in thyme. That is why thyme helps against coughs, for example.

How does thyme work?

Do you have a cold? And do you have a cough? Then you can give thyme

help. For example, thyme can:

  • relax the muscles in the lungs,
  • Fight bacteria and fungi
  • and loosen mucus from the airways.

What should you watch out for when using thyme?

You can take thyme as a juice or as a drop, for example. You can also use thyme as an ointment or cold bath.

Warning: you want to use the essential oil from thyme? Then always dilute the oil with water. Do not use the essential oil undiluted. And don't use the oil on mucous membranes. Mucous membranes are for example:

  • in the nose
  • in the eyes
  • in the mouth

Prepare thyme tea yourself

You can make thyme tea yourself.

How to make the thyme tea:

  1. Put a teaspoon of dried thyme in a cup.
  2. Pour some hot water over the thyme.
  3. Cover the cup with a saucer for 10 minutes. This prevents the essential oil from escaping.
  4. After 10 minutes you can drink the tea.

Do you have a cough? Then drink a cup of thyme tea several times a day.

Note: It is best to buy thyme in the pharmacy. Thyme from the pharmacy is of good quality. Ask the pharmacist: What is the best way to use thyme? The pharmacist will give you all the important information.

What side effects are possible?

Warning: Thyme can cause shortness of breath in children. Therefore speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Ask: What herbal remedies will help children with a cold? Your pharmacist will give you all the important information.

Do you use thyme oil as a bath additive or as an ointment? Then your skin can sometimes be allergic. Your skin may then be irritated. And your skin may be reddened.

Who shouldn't use thyme?

Some people shouldn't use thyme. These people include:

  • Babies and toddlers.
    Thyme essential oil can cause shortness of breath in babies and toddlers.
  • People with asthma.
    Do you have asthma? Then you shouldn't inhale with thyme oil. You could have an asthma attack.
  • People with injuries to the skin.
    Do you have an injury on your skin? Then you shouldn't use thyme on your skin.

Note: This text contains only general information. Would you like to use thyme as a medicinal plant? Then talk to a doctor or pharmacist beforehand. Only then should you use thyme.

Where can you get more information?

Would you like to read more about thyme? You can find more information about thyme here. Attention: This link leads out of our simple language offer. The information is then no longer in plain language.

Important: Would you like to take medicinal plants against your ailments? Then seek advice from the pharmacy. In the pharmacy you will find out:

  • How do you take the medicinal plant?
  • What amount can you take?
  • What side effects can the medicinal plant have?

We wrote the texts together with the Light Language Research Center. The light language research center is at the University of Hildesheim.