An herb has grown against coughs!
Native to all countries in the Mediterranean region, a general distinction is made between French or summer thyme or German or winter thyme, which contains a lower proportion of essential oils.
Essential oils are approx. 2 % the most important active ingredients . Thymol from the phenol group with a minimum content of 40 % and the related carvacrol are mainly responsible for the medicinal use of thyme . Flavonoids have a supportive effect.
Thyme extracts produced according to the guidelines of the European Pharmacopoeia with a defined content of essential oils and flavonoids have an antispasmodic effect on the muscles of the upper respiratory tract and bronchi. They have an expectorant effect and have an inhibiting effect on the growth of bacteria and viruses.
- Colds of the upper respiratory tract
- Complaints of bronchitis and whooping cough
- Mucus solution in the respiratory tract
- Single tea or in tea blends
- Juice, drops, lozenges or other oral dosage forms
- Additives to ointments for external use
- Extract for bathing and inhalations
Full baths with thyme extract have a soothing and relieving effect on colds and diseases of the upper respiratory tract. The volatile oils in warm water are inhaled, they reduce the urge to cough and help to liquefy the mucus. They also have an antispasmodic effect on the bronchial muscles.
RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Hypersensitivity to essential oils can cause swelling of the mucous membranes, skin rashes or cramps. When taking full baths, pay attention to the specified dosage, especially for children and toddlers. The bathing temperature should be a maximum of 38 °C and after the bath you should take a break, well covered, to support the effect. In the case of illnesses with a high fever, severe skin injuries and skin diseases, heart failure and high blood pressure, full baths should only be carried out after consulting a doctor.
- Ammon H. P. T.: Hunnius Pharmaceutical Dictionary. 9. Edition, Berlin 2004
- Wichtl M.: Tea drugs and phytopharmaceuticals. 5. Edition, Stuttgart 2009