The real spice used as thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has a long history as a medicinal herb and is now one of the most valuable medicinal herbs for colds.

Thyme preparations are used in many ways, but mainly as a cough remedy because of the ejection pro-and anti-spasmodic properties and the antimicrobial effect of the plant. In support, the preparations also in whooping cough and asthma are used. Extracts of thyme to relieve cough and accelerate the removal of mucus. Externally thyme as will increase circulation, antibacterial, deodorant, but also administered in inflammation in the mouth and throat as a gargle.


Even the doctors of ancient Greece, Hippocrates and Dioscorides, as translated, a fragrant the plant against diseases of the respiratory tract, particularly as expectorant agents. The German physician and botanist Leonhart Fuchs wrote in his herbal of 1543: “Thyme is cooked with honey and drunk beneficial and useful to those who have wheezing and heavy breathing.” In earlier times one used the herb for digestive problems and externally for insect bites or head and body aches.

The main ingredients are essential oils of thyme, tannins and flavonoids. The plant is home to many varieties in central and southern Europe and the Caucasus. Today it is cultivated field in terms of Central Europe, East Africa, India, Israel, Morocco, North America and in Turkey. Small amounts come from Germany, Spain and Eastern Europe.

That the thyme is an old medicinal and crop also shows his name. This derives from the Greek “thymiama”, in German incense. That was often called also the incense which was offered in the temples of the gods. It is this designation that is a nod to the intense scent that gives the herb and stems from the ethereal oil. Under the Latinized name “herba Thymiana” our ancestors began to see the plant, the monks had brought from the Mediterranean across the Alps. This resulted in the name of thyme.

The spicy, highly aromatic odor of the plant can vary . these are different sets of essential oil responsible. In the French kitchen should not miss the thyme, and a combination of stimulants and drugs are found in extracts of thyme herb and bitter liqueurs. For Knight, the greenhouse had symbolic meaning as a sign of courage and force the ladies put their favorites in front of a tournament, a bunch of thyme to the defense. The reason for this custom is the Greek word “Thymos”, the “courage” and “power” means.