Thyme has been used throughout history for culinary as well as medicinal purposes. Thyme oil, leaves, and flowers have been used to treat diarrhea, bedwetting, stomachache, colic, arthritis, cough, bronchitis and flatulence. It has also been used as a diuretic to increase urination. It was used by the Ancient Egyptians for embalming practices and by the Ancient Greeks as incense within their temples and commonly placed in bathwater. Hippocrates also documented the therapeutic use of thyme in the treatment of respiratory diseases and other conditions.
The essential oil of thyme contains 20-54 % thymol. Thymol is a naturally occurring compound called a “biocide,” or a substance that destroys harmful germs and organisms. For this purpose, thyme has been used a herbal medicine to treat acne and have claimed to be more effective than prescription acne creams. It has also been proved to work as effectively as a disinfectant such as benzoyl peroxide. It is a safe alternative for cleansing the skin and minor cuts and abrasions.