Thyme is native to South Europe, but is cultivated in many gardens in the U.S. The Greeks used thyme as incense and strewed the floors of monasteries, churches, and banquet halls, bringing out their delightful scent.
Thyme has a strong, spicy odor and taste. It yields its medical properties to boiling water and alcohol. It can be used externally in fomentation.
In fever conditions, the warm infusion will promote perspiration. Make an infusion of 1 oz. HERB to 1 pt. boiling water. Cover well and keep warm. Can be taken freely and safely at all ages. When making the infusion see that the container is covered so no steam escapes, otherwise the results will not be satisfactory.
A hot infusion will influence menstruation obstructed by cold, relieve colds, cold, and flatulence. It is a reliable nervine, and taken freely is considered useful for nightmare, melancholy, and insomnia. It is useful in throat and bronchial irritation, asthma, and lung troubles.
It is considered a specific for whooping cough. For very young children, a little honey or sugar may be added. Give small but frequent doses.
Thymol is made from the oil extracted from thyme. It is an antiseptic and is added to many liniments. It has an agreeable odor and is often inhaled in pulmonary troubles and used as a deodorant in sick rooms.
Vinegar of thyme is made by steeping thyme in vinegar until the desired strength is reached; it is also used in this way or inhaled to relieve a nervous headache.
Domestically thyme is a favorite seasoning in many foods. The flowers are very popular as a delightful addition to sachets and potpourris.