‘Greek Common Thyme’

Thyme / Thym / Θυμάρι


Common Name: Thyme / Thym / Θυμάρι

Scientific Name: Thymus vulgaris


Plant’s cycle: Perennial

Light Requirement: Full Sun

Soil type: Prefers a light, dry calcareous soil

Sowing in nursery: February

Direct Planting: March

Germination: unpredictable

Harvest: 90 to 120 days after sowing. In late summer just before flowers open.

Spacing: 30cm/30cm/3cm deep  


Flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: Insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Leaves.

Medicine: Anthelmintic;  Antiseptic;  Antispasmodic;  Aromatherapy;  Carminative;  Deodorant;  Diaphoretic;  Disinfectant;  Expectorant;  Sedative;  Tonic


Thyme is valued for its antiseptic and antioxidant properties, it is an excellent tonic and is used in treating respiratory diseases and a variety of other ailments. The flowering tops are anthelmintic, strongly antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, deodorant, diaphoretic, disinfectant, expectorant, sedative and tonic. The plant is used internally in the treatment of dry coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, bronchial catarrh, asthma, laryngitis, indigestion, gastritis and diarrhoea and enuresis in children. Externally, it is used in the treatment of tonsillitis, gum diseases, rheumatism, arthritis and fungal infections. Thyme has an antioxidant effect, thus regular use of this herb improves the health and longevity of individual body cells and therefore prolongs the life of the body.

Other Use: Deodorant; Disinfectant; Essential; Fungicide; Repellent.

Known Hazards: It should not be prescribed for pregnant women. The oil can cause allergic reactions and irritation to the skin and mucous membranes. All essential oils, since they are so concentrated, can be harmful in large doses.