The essential oil of thyme is made up of 20-54% thymol. Thymol is an antiseptic and is the main active ingredient in Listerine mouthwash. Thyme is used to treat fungal infections. It serves as a natural disinfectant. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, it was used for medical dressings.
Medicinally, thyme is used as a respiratory infection, cough and bronchitis - in the form of a tincture, a herbal tea, an ointment, a syrup or by inhalation of the vapor. Since thyme is antiseptic, boiled in water and cooled is very effective against inflammation of the throat.
The inflammation usually disappear within four - five days. Thymol and other volatile components contained in the leaves of thyme is lipid-soluble and have an antimicrobial action. In traditional Jamaican childbirth practice after giving tea thyme mother. Oxytocin causes uterine contractions and more rapid delivery of the placenta. Thyme has deodorizing and disinfecting.
It has an antiseptic and helps prevent inflammation in the skin. Thyme opens pores and regulate the activity of sebaceous glands. Bathrooms made with thyme treats diseases of the respiratory system and calming the nervous system. Compresses thyme are suitable for oily skin. Perspiration of the feet and hands is made with thyme infusion. In eczema, pustules and itching using cream and thyme.