ThymeThyme has a beneficial expectorant and antispasmodic effect on the bronchi and is taken for whooping cough, bronchitis, and coughs, and it is commonly used in cough syrups. Because of its antiseptic effect, thyme is sometimes used in urinary infections. Thymol, a powerful antibacterial constituent found in thyme, is often used in mouthwashes, liniments, and lozenges.
Elder is often included in formulas for hay fever and sinusitis. The herb is an effective detoxifier and helps clear infections such as acne, boils, and skin rashes. They are employed in lotions as a general astringent for the skin.