Thyme, a labiate, likes to grow in sunny places. This 10–40 cm high subshrub is often used as a spice in Italian cuisine, just as it can be variously used as a remedy. Thyme loves chalky soils and has strong green leaves rolled up at the lower edge and blue-violet flowers. We elicit the typical thyme scent from the leaves by rubbing them. Thyme is mainly used to treat the upper airways, where it has anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antispasmodic effects on the respiratory tract. The thymol contained in the essential oil has an antibacterial and antiviral effect – also in the bladder area – and is used to treat resistant inflammations.
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