Sturdy aromatic ground cover. Slender, creeping stems and round leaves with lavender blooms. Can withstand light foot traffic and gives off pleasant aroma when walked upon. Drought tolerant once established. Hardiness zones: 5-8.
Thyme is a natural medicine that is used for treating chest and respiratory problems. It serves as an effective cure for bronchitis, coughs and chest congestion as well.
The herb is highly effective on mucous membranes present in the lungs and stomach. ?It helps in proper digestion, mainly of the fats. It is especially beneficial when eaten after having mutton or pork.
Thyme acts as a digestive tonic and increases the appetite, which helps in staying healthy. ?The herb helps reduce symptoms of irritable bowel and colic. It helps in preventing chronic gastritis as well.
Thyme oil is extremely useful for the body and is used in toothpaste, mouthwashes and ointments. ?The herb makes an excellent solution for gargle and mouthwash, used for dental decay. Also, it is very effective against laryngitis, plaque formation, sore throat, mouth sores, tonsillitis and bad breath. ?Thyme contains thymol, which has antiseptic properties. It can be used as a poultice for insect bites, stings, mastitis and wounds.
The herb is used to cure hookworm, threadworm and roundworm. It can also destroy skin parasites like the scabies and lice. ?It effectively fights against bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphalococcus aureus and Shingella sonnei are some of the bacteria against which thyme is very effective.
Thyme consists of thymol and carvacol, which help relax the smooth vessels of the gastrointestinal tract. ?The herb can be used as eyewash to cure sore eyes and also as a hair rinse, to prevent dandruff.
It has antispasmodic qualities, which provide relief to women during menstruation.