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Thyme head: the discovery

Thyme head (Thymus capitatus), also known as Spanish thyme or Mediterranean thyme, was first discovered in the Mediterranean region. This robust plant thrives in the poor, stony soil and intense sunlight of these regions. Even in ancient times, it was prized by Greek and Roman healers and used in various medicinal treatments. The discovery and use goes back to the observations of the local population, who found that the plant was not only valuable in the kitchen, but also in medicine.

Forms of use and dosage

Thyme head can be taken in various forms:

  • Tea: Pour hot water over a teaspoon of dried thyme head and leave to infuse for about 10 minutes. Two to three cups a day is the recommended amount.
  • Essential oil: One to two drops of the essential oil can be diluted in a carrier oil and used externally. For internal use, you should follow the dosage recommendations exactly and preferably consult a specialist.
  • Capsules/tablets: This dosage form offers a convenient way to take it in a standardized dosage. The usual dosage is 200-400 mg per day.
  • Fresh leaves: These can be used in cooking as a spice, with a moderate amount of about one teaspoon per dish recommended.

Thyme head: Healing effect

Thyme head has a variety of healing properties:

  • Antibacterial and antiviral: it effectively fights bacteria and viruses and is often used for respiratory infections such as bronchitis and colds.
  • Anti-inflammatory: The ingredients have an anti-inflammatory effect and can help with conditions such as arthritis and skin inflammation.
  • Digestive: It stimulates digestion and can alleviate digestive complaints such as flatulence and stomach pain.
  • Antispasmodic: Especially for coughs and bronchitis, it helps to relax the bronchial tubes and loosen mucus.
  • Antioxidant: The antioxidant properties protect the cells from free radicals and can promote general well-being.

Effect on the body

Thyme head acts through a variety of bioactive substances, including thymol, carvacrol and flavonoids. Thymol and carvacrol are particularly effective against microorganisms and inflammatory processes. These compounds support the immune system, relieve inflammation and promote mucus clearance in the respiratory tract. The antioxidant properties of flavonoids protect the cells and contribute to regeneration.

Recommended intake

Taking thyme head is particularly recommended in the following cases:

  • For colds and respiratory infections: its expectorant and antimicrobial properties make it an ideal remedy for colds, coughs and bronchitis.
  • To support the digestive system: It can have a soothing effect on digestive complaints such as flatulence and stomach cramps.
  • Anti-inflammatory: It can be used to support chronic inflammation such as arthritis.
  • To strengthen the immune system: Regular consumption can strengthen the immune system and prevent infections.

Contraindications and warnings

Certain groups of people should take thyme head with caution:

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women: Should consult their doctor before taking, as high doses of head thyme oil can induce labor.
  • Children: Head thyme oil should only be diluted and used with caution in young children.
  • People with allergies: If you are known to be allergic to related plants, you should refrain from using it.

Food supplements and medicinal plants

To enhance the healing effect of thyme head, the following dietary supplements and medicinal plants can be combined:

  • Echinacea: supports the immune system and can complement the antimicrobial effect of thyme head.
  • Ginger: also has an anti-inflammatory and digestive effect.
  • Honey: Manuka honey in particular enhances the antibacterial effect and can be taken in combination with thyme tea.
  • Probiotics: Support gut health and promote a strong immune system.

Foods rich in thyme head

It can also be absorbed through the consumption of certain foods:

  • Soups and stews: It is excellent as a seasoning for various soups and stews.
  • Marinades: Fresh thyme head can be used in marinades for meat and vegetables.
  • Herb butter: A mixture of fresh thyme head and butter not only tastes good, but is also healthy.

Thyme head: side effects and overdose

Side effects can occasionally occur when taking thyme, especially at high doses:

  • Gastrointestinal complaints: In rare cases, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea may occur.
  • Skin irritation: External application of the essential oil may cause skin irritation.
  • Allergic reactions: Rarely, allergic reactions such as skin rash or breathing difficulties may occur.

In the event of an overdose, severe symptoms such as gastrointestinal complaints, dizziness and headaches may occur. In extreme cases, liver damage may occur, especially with excessive use of the essential oil. It is therefore important not to exceed the recommended dosage and to consult a doctor if in doubt.

Conventional medicine and naturopathy

Thyme head is used in a variety of ways in traditional medicine:

  • Aromatherapy: the essential oil is used to relax and relieve respiratory complaints.
  • Phytotherapy: In phytotherapy, it is used as a tea or tincture to treat various ailments.
  • Cough syrup: Traditional cough syrups often contain thyme extracts to help loosen phlegm and relieve coughing.


Thyme head is a versatile natural remedy with impressive health benefits. Its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties make it a valuable companion in naturopathy. However, caution is required, especially when dosing and using it, to avoid possible side effects. In combination with other natural remedies and a healthy diet, thyme can make an important contribution to a healthy lifestyle.

Published on: 11. July 2024


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