Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is indigenous to the Mediterranean region and neighboring countries, northern Africa, and parts of Asia. It is now cultivated extensively. The small shrub has blue-violet to bright red flowers, a pleasing aroma, and tangy taste. The applicable parts of thyme are the oil, flowers, and leaves. Thyme contains thymol, carvacrol, and flavnonoid constituents. Thyme has antispasmodic, antitussice, expectorant, astringent, and antibacterial effects. Thyme is a remedy for cough and broncitis. It has also been used for sore throat, upper respiratory ailments, chronic gastritis, and appetite stimulation. Also notable, is that the thyme plant is rich in iron.
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Cautions Orally, thyme oil can lead to irritation, nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness.