Culpepper was a 17 century herbalist and this is what he has to say about the herb Thyme:
‘A noble strengthener of the lungs, as notable a one as grows, nor is there a better remedy growing for whooping cough.
It purgeth the body of Phlegm and is an excellent remedy for shortness of breath. It is so harmless you need not fear the use of it.’
An ointment made of it takes away hot swellings and warts, helps the sciatica and dullness of sight and takes away any pains and hardness of the spleen: it is excellent for those that are troubled with the gout and the herb taken anway inwardly is of great comfort to the stomach.‘
Quite a catalogue of attributes! Some yet to be proved.. But the antiseptic powers and expectorant action and its soothing effects are witnessed to by many.
This preparation is based in syrup which is very nice for throats and chests and the addition of liquorice enhances the good affects. Its quite expensive but you don’t need a lot and people love it. It is specially nice in hot water at bedtime.