Parts Used: Leaves and flowering tops
Volatile oil (2-3%), containing mainly thymol and carvacrol (up to 70%), borneol (15%) and cineole. Also tannins (10%), saponins, and flavonoids, bitter principle and triterpenoids.
- Expectorant (encourage expulsion of phlegm from chest)
- Athelmintic (encourages removal of worms)
Major Safety Issues:
- The oil should not be used internally by small children or the elderly.
- The oil is highly toxic when ingested.