by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner

Thyme is native to Asia, southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, and is also cultivated in North America.

Thyme has a long history of use in natural medicine. Thyme contains a variety of difficult-to-pronounce volatile oils which are involved in the healing process: carvacolo, borneol, geraniol and thymol. All of these offer anti-oxidant protection of cell membranes, and thymol has been shown to provide healing properties in connection with respiratory ailments.

These volatile oils have also been proven to have antibacterial and antifungal properties, effective against a variety of microbes including staphalococcus aureus, E. coli and Shigella.

Thyme also contains flavonoids, including apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin. These flavonoids increase the antioxidant capabilities of thyme; add to that the fact that thyme is a very good source of manganese and you have an excellent anti-oxidant food.
Thyme is also an excellent source of iron and vitamin K. It is high in fiber and a good source of calcium.

Thyme is good stuff, and small pets love it! Thyme is easily grown in the garden or in a window flower pot.