Thyme is an herb native to southern Europe and Western Asia which has been used for several centuries and is a member of the mint plant family.


There are approximately 375 known thyme varieties, which are small in size, covered with an array of small white to pink coloured flowers.



Thyme is typically bushy, with green shaded leaves dabbed with a touch of silver or bronze. Common thyme or lemon thyme is the most widely consumed variety which can be purchased, fresh or dried.

Health Benefits


  • Traditionally been used in aromatherapy as a carmative to improve people’s moods and also to help cure ailments including bronchitis and skin diseases. (1)


  • Has antibacterial and antiseptic properties used in toothpastes and mouthwashes as well as remedy bad breath. (2)


  • Contains the volatile oil thymol which has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties that have antimicrobial activity against harmful bacteria strains such as E-coli and can help reduce the risk of cancerous cells developing. (3)


  • An excellent source of vitamin C which is a beneficial phytonutrient to prevent infections in the body and heal wounds on the skin and prevent decay. (4)


  • A good source of vitamin A which promotes vision, particularly in children. (2)


  • Like other herbs, thyme contains moderate levels of fibre to promote bowel stimulation and cleanse the colon. (6)


  • Supplies the trace minerals iron, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorous and zinc which combine to oxidise red blood cells and regulate metabolic functions in the body. (7)



Thyme Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tablespoon, dried

  Amt. Per 
% Daily 
Calories 7
Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 2 g 0%
Dietary Fibre 1 g 4%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 0 g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 5% Iron 17%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of ‘My Kitchen Therapy’, unless otherwise mentioned. Each articles is based upon the opinions of the author, who retains copyright as marked. The information on this website is not intended as medical advice and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional. The website is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research of the author and his community. It is encouraged that you make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care professional before using products based on this content.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *