Wild thyme is an herb. The flowering parts of the plant are used to make medicine.

People take wild thyme for breathing problems including cough, bronchitis, and swollen airways. They also take it for kidney and bladder disorders, to improve blood circulation, to lower bad cholesterol, and to treat intestinal gas and colic. They also use it to improve sleep, to stimulate the immune system, and to treat infections.

Some people apply wild thyme directly to the skin to kill germs, and to treat arthritis, eczema, wounds, and sprains.

How does it work ?

There isn't enough information available to know how wild thyme might work.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Cough.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Bladder problems.
  • Intestinal gas.
  • Infections.
  • Colic.
  • Improving blood circulation.
  • Lowering bad cholesterol.
  • Arthritis, when applied directly to the skin.
  • Sprains, when applied directly to the skin.
  • Eczema, when applied directly to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of wild thyme for these uses.

Side Effects

Wild thyme is safe in the amounts used in foods and seems safe for most adults when used as medicine.

Special Precautions and Warnings

Wild thyme is safe in the amounts used in foods and seems safe for most adults when used as medicine. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of wild thyme during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Thyroid disorders: Wild thyme can slow down the thyroid’s activity because it can affect hormones that control the thyroid gland. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have thyroid problems and want to start taking wild thyme.

Interactions ?

We currently have no information for WILD THYME overview.


The appropriate dose of wild thyme depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for wild thyme. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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