Thyme is a member of the genus Thymus which is related to aromatic perennial evergreen herbs in the mint family. Its foliage is highly aromatic, the ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it was a source of courage. The spread of thyme throughout Europe was thought to be due to the Romans, as they used it to purify their rooms and to give an aromatic flavour to cheese and liqueurs.
There are several studies that support thyme essential oil’s ability to reduce or eliminate food borne bacteria, support heart health, and alleviate inflammation in the body, among other benefits.
The thymol, alongside other natural constituents in this herb, shown to have strong antioxidative, antimicrobial, antitussive, expectorant, antispasmodic, and antibacterial effects. Also, the use of this oil can reduce coughs and the duration of respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold.