Thyme is one of my favourite herbs. For any infections it has a powerful punch.
I became aware of is value after a student did a thesis and compared Thyme with other immune boosting herbs such as echinacea and the thyme won hands down in its antimicrobial activity, even when being drunk as a tea.
It can be easily drunk as a tea to combat a number of infections.
It is also an anti-septic and anti-fungal.
It improves circulation, digestion and helps fatigue.
It may be of use as a gargle in laryngitis and tonsillitis, easing sore throats and soothing irritable coughs. It is an excellent cough remedy, producing expectoration and reducing unnecessary spasm not just in the respiratory system. It may be used in bronchitis, whooping cough, pleurisy and asthma, where it clears the lungs of mucus, soothes coughing spasms and acts as an anti-tussive.
As a gentle astringent it has found use in childhood diarrhoea, worms and bed wetting. For whooping cough it combines well with Wild Cherry and Sundew.
As a mouth wash is extremely valuable acting to treat mouth, teeth, gums and throat, having a similar effect to Listerine’s antibacterial action.
You can use the tea topically as a face wash to reduce acne.