Thyme is a short and branched shrub. The herbaceous branches of the plant are covered with leaves at the top of the stem. Its tiny white flowers grow singly and umbels. The fruit of the plant is the four-part shape and similar to hazelnut. Thyme is an herbaceous plant with hairy and white stems from the mint family (Lamiaceae). The floral and leafy branches of Thyme can be used for medicinal purposes.
Thyme is a suitable cleansing drug. It is useful in the treatment of insomnia and diseases of the digestive system. Boiling 0.5 to 1 grams of thyme in 100 cc of water after adding a little honey can be an efficient drug for patients conflicted by shortness of breath, kidney disorder, bladder disorder, joint pain and sciatica. Thyme is also anti-seizure, anti-epileptic and anti-flatulence. It is useful for strengthening eyesight and stomach.
Do not overuse thyme because the high concentrations of it cause albumin in the urine. The compounds of thyme are expectorant and used to treat cough. The tincture and alcoholic extracts of this plant are widely used to remedy cough, sore throat, bronchitis and asthma.
The volatile oil of thyme should not be used orally and should be consumed only externally. The symptoms of poisoning with this plant and its volatile oil are nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness and finally seizures, coma and heart-respiratory passing out.