The drug mainly contains essential oils (0.75-6.3%) with a prevailing content of thymol or carvacrol. The quality of the essential oils is influenced by its origin. Thyme essential oils, which grow in Central Europe, contain approx. 40-50% of thymol and almost no carvacrol. Thyme growing in other locations primarily contains cineol, linalool and/or carvacrol.
Thyme oil is used for healing purposes in cosmetic products. However, it is also part of the pharmaceutical production of dermatological products. The antiseptic effects of the oil are therapeutically used for inflammatory skin diseases, decubitus and venous ulcers. Its antimycotics effects are also well known. Primarily, due to the content of phenolic compounds (tymol, carvacrol), the drug has also the antibacterial effects.