Formal Name: Thymus vulgaris
Supplement Forms: Leaves, liquids

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


The word "thyme" comes from the Greek term "thymos", meaning smoke or spirit. Thyme was used in Greek culture to restore vigor and health to individuals who consumed it. Roman soldiers bathed in water infused with thyme and other herbs to give them courage and strength. Earlier, Egyptians used thyme in mummification, and the Sumerians may have used it to disinfect wounds.

Bodily Functions Thyme Assists

The essential oil found in thyme is the main ingredient in Listerine. As such, thyme is antibacterial and serves to freshen the breath. It is also very effective in fighting cold and bronchitis symptoms, and for reducing inflammation of the throat.

Foods High in Thyme

Thyme is used as a flavoring ingredient in a variety of types of cooking, particularly soups, stews and meats. The herb compliments eggs, tomatoes, and lamb particularly well. Thyme releases its flavors slowly, so it's best to add it to a dish early in the cooking process. It can also be used to brew an herbal tea, rendering its medicinal benefits most directly.

Ailment That Thyme Eliminates:
  • Fights harmful bacteria
  • Alleviates cold symptoms
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Can be applied externally to treats wounds and infections
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • In rare cases, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to thyme
  • Pregnant or breast feeding women should avoid thyme