* Traditionally thyme was used in cooking to improve digestion for those with slow or convalescing digestive systems and to prevent food from going bad. Thyme was also used for infections of worms, respiratory tract infections, mouth infections, for urinary tract and bladder infections, to improve circulation, appetite and brain function.
* Thyme can also be used for cold sores, rheumatic pain, insect bites and stings, headaches, fevers and congestion. Thyme also has an uplifting effect of the mind and improves concentration.
* Thyme can be inhaled directly from the bottle or in an incense burner (especially with rosemary) for a tired mind and wandering concentration.
* Thyme can be used as an inhalant for asthma, coughs, congestion, respiratory tract and throat infections. Use 6 drops in very hot water and inhale the vapors.
* When used in carrier oil (3 – 5:100) and massaged onto the abdomen or stomach in a clockwise direction, thyme is useful for gas and dyspepsia.
* A warm compress with thyme oil is useful when applied to the affected are for rheumatic pain.
* Do not use if you have high blood pressure.
* Thyme oil can cause sensitization to the skin.