Marum verum or Cat’s Thyme is small shrub native to Spain, where it has well-known use as a ‘snuff’. The plant has oval leaves and flowers consisting of one-sided spikes. It is not actually a member of the Thyme family, as its name suggests, but more closely related to Wood Sage and the Germander family. The aerial parts are used in herbal medicine.

Medicinal Properties of Cat’s Thyme

Marum verum / Cat’s Thyme is a herb that has not been extensively studied, hence its constituents and mode of action are not fully understood. Clinically, it has been used for its anti-inflammatory effect on the mucous membranes of the nasal passages. The leaves, when rubbed give off an aromatic smell that can trigger sneezing. Traditionally, this herb is said to be aromatic, deobstruent (removes blockages) and stimulant in action.

Cat’s Thyme Herbal Remedies

Herbalists recommend Marum verum / Cat’s Thyme for the following disorders:

Nasal polyps
Snoring (caused by nasal inflammation)

Other Cat’s Thyme Information

Recent double-blind studies in 1999 have demonstrated Marum verum / Cat’s Thyme ability to help with the management of snoring. Obviously, snoring has many causes which should be investigated, however the most common cause, clinically, is inflammation of the nasal passages, which is relevant to the action of this herb.

Marum verum / Cat’s Thyme is normally available as a tincture and is normally taken 1-2 times daily at first, and then taken once per day as a maintenance dose when results are evident. There are no restrictions for long term use. This herb can be given to children from the age of 2, a general guide for dosage is 1 drop per stone of weight.

Marum verum / Cat’s Thyme has been traditionally used as a snuff for helping with disorders of the head, which include: neuralgia, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and nervous insomnia.

Side Effects of Cat’s Thyme

Generally, there are no side effects from Marum verum / Cat’s Thyme and it can be taken quite safely for long periods.

Marum verum / Cat’s Thyme should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation, unless otherwise directed by a qualified herbalist.

When this article was written there were no other well-known side effects, drug interactions and contra-indications from using Marum verum / Cat’s Thyme.