Before the introduction of modern antibiotics, oil of thyme was used to medicate bandages. Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming.
Thyme oil is strongly antiseptic and is used in many commercially prepared products. Internally thyme is excellent for respiratory and digestive infections. It can be used as a gargle to ease sore throats such as laryngitis, tonsillitis. It will soothe irritable coughs and can reduce spasms from coughing with conditions such as bronchitis. Dyspepsia and sluggish digestion will benefit from the use of thyme.
Externally it makes a great lotion for infected wounds. Thyme oil can also be effective against various fungi that commonly infect toenails.
A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis.