Health Benefits of Thymus Vulgaris – Effects of Thyme Extract Oils

Dr. Khyati Dave

Thymus vulgaris, also known as Thyme, is widely used as an herb in many food dishes all across the globe. Thyme is also commonly sold in liquid extract form in many natural food stores. But do you know, that Thyme has numerous health benefits as well..? Yes, you read it right! Thyme is equally known and widely used for its health benefits alone and in combination with other herbs. So, let’s know more about this wonder herb.

Thymus vulgaris belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae. It is a flowering plant, which grows about 15-30 cms in height and about 30-0 cms in width. Thyme is an evergreen woody shrub with aromatic, small grey-green leaves. Its flowers are small, in cluster, purple to pink in color. Thus, it is also used in gardens as a groundcover. It tastes slightly spicier than oregano and sweeter than the herb sage. There are more than 350 different species of Thyme, as they hybridize very easily. Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) or lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) are most popular for cooking.

Thymus vulgaris is also known with other names such as Garden thyme and German thyme.

Nutritive value of Thyme:

Thyme is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, copper, calcium, folate, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and manganese. Volatile oils In Thymus vulgaris include carvacolo, borneol, geraniol, and most importantly hymol, which is known to possess immune boosting properties against various microbes.

Health Benefits of Thymus vulgaris:

  • Maintains Respiratory Health:

Thyme is known to support a healthy respiratory system, maintain a healthy mucolytic system and aid healthy natural system of bronchodilation.

  • Anti-oxidant:

Thymus vulgaris plant contains high amount of flavonoids, which possess immune boosting properties, thus helping to detoxify the body.1 It is also known to regulate blood pressure.

  • Improves Digestion:

Thyme tea is used as a carminative for colic, also used for indigestion, diarrhoea and aids metabolism of fats in the body.

  • Improves Locomotive System:

Thymus vulgaris is used as a topical application for various rheumatic conditions to improve mobility and health of joints.2

Thymus vulgaris is a complete herb on its own, but adding some other herbs may enhance its effectiveness. Biogetica has utilized this quality and mixed Thymus vulgaris with other herbs like Borago officinalis, Echinacea purpurea, Tinospora cordifolia, Calendula officinalis, Momordica charantia, Curcuma longa and Zingiber officinale amongst many other herbs to improve the metabolic processes.

To make the most of this amazingly beneficial ingredient with numerous clinically verified therapeutic properties, we’ve included this natural extract in several of our protocols that help support the functioning of various systems of your body. Some of them include:

1. Respiratory Support Products:


2. CNS Support Products:

3. Immune Support Products:

Reference links:

  1. https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/review-on-thymus-vulgaris-traditional-uses-and-pharmacological-properties-2167-0412.1000164.php?aid=31617
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/thymus-vulgaris