Thyme oil is extracted from steam distillation of dried or fresh leaves and also from flowering tops of the plant.
This essential oil has many medicinal properties but in my home, we use it at the first signs of congestion. Great as an expectorant. It's lung stimulant properties help in easing bronchitis, asthma, colds and other problems with the lungs and the whole respiratory system.
My children are grown but ever since they were little and they were not feeling good, they would ask for a thyme bath and then they would put thyme cream on their chest. It also provides a feeling of comfort, breaks up the congestion and helps you to breath. (It is so much better than the old Vicks vapor rub that would stick to your pajamas!!)