Thyme: A Respiratory Superhero

Thymus vulgaris: the technical name for what we know to be a good spice for chicken and fish, and tofu, but thyme has more valuable attributes than just being a spice that tastes good on food. Oh, yes in fact it is known to have quite the reputation for being helpful in the medicinal world! In recent studies and through history it has shown to fight off and calm coughs as a result of whooping cough, bronchitis and any sore throat that you may come by.

Thyme’s qualities:

  • Analgesic– reduces pain
  • Antibacterial– fights bacteria
  • Antiviral– fights viruses
  • Antifungal– fights fungal infections
  • Antitussive– relieves cough
  • Antispasmodic–relaxes and interrupts muscle spasms and muscle cramping
  • Expectorant– promotes drainage and thinning of mucus to make coughing more productive and comfortable

Thyme is one of those herbs that you cannot grow to much of, its flowers are beautiful, its great on food, great in a tea and makes for wonderful medicine during the winter months!

There are a few ways that you can use Thyme as medicine when trying to fight off a respiratory infection. It is best used in Herbal Baths and Steams when your trying to bring it to the respiratory system and a bath has the added benefit of soothing the aches that often accompany an infection. However if your using it with children try to restrict the inhalation time as their bodies don’t need nearly as much as adults

If you use the essential oil of thyme you can be assured that it has been known to be one of the most potent antimicrobial essential oils. It can be added to salves to help prevent cuts and scrapes. If you use the essential oil for children do not place it directly on their skin, and especially avoid using it on infants as the thyme essential can be “hot” or irritating. Also, try to avoid diffusing this with small children as well as it can be more irritating than it can be helpful to them.

Amber bottles

Thyme tincture is super easy to make and super easy to use and it keeps good on the shelves the longest. In fact I use my thyme tincture in my Juniper and Thyme Sanitizer and it not only smells amazing but I trust that it does an effective job at keeping the bad germs at bay! If the tincture is the easiest thing to get your hands on because you cannot find good quality thyme in bulk for a steam or herbal bath, the tincture taken in water does an effective job at taking care of infections.

Whether you make it at home or you purchase it from a trusted organic supplier, you can trust to take 30-60 drops of tincture 3-4 times daily until your symptoms subside. Remember to always start with the lowest dose first and if you feel like you need more than you may adjust accordingly.


There are no known contradictions of the herb itself. However, it is the essential oil that can cause great irritation to the skin if applied directly. Please use caution when using thyme essential oil externally on the skin.

Thank you! And happy healing my friends!!

**This was written to be taken as information only, do not depend on this information to save your life in an emergency. Please use your best judgment in emergency circumstances and decide whether or not your circumstance needs to be seen by an allopathic professional.

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