In the kitchen, thyme is used to season fish, poultry, soups and vegetables. Thyme, parsley and bay leaf are the standard ingredients in the French chef's boquet garni. Thyme is one of the flavorings in the liqueur, Benedictine.
Thyme and thyme oil have been used as fumigants, antiseptics, disinfectants, and mouth washes. The main essential oil in thyme, thymol, is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria. Thymol is one of the active ingredients in Listerine® mouthwash and provides the "medicated" properties of many consumer products. Thyme is said to aid digestion of fatty foods.