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Overview InformationThyme is an herb. The flowers, leaves, and oil are used as medicine. Thyme is sometimes used in combination with other herbs.
Thyme is used for swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis), cough, patchy hair loss (alopecia areata), stomach problems, and many other conditions. But there is no good scientific evidence to support its use for any condition.
In foods, thyme is used as a flavoring agent.
In manufacturing, red thyme oil is used in perfumes. It is also used in soaps, cosmetics, and toothpastes.
Don't confuse thyme with wild thyme. These are two different plants.
How does it work?Thyme contains chemicals that might help bacterial and fungal infections, and minor irritations. It also might relieve smooth muscle spasms, such as coughing, and have antioxidant effects.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Cough. Some research shows that taking thyme by mouth, alone or in combination with other herbs, reduces coughing in people with bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, or the common cold.
- Diseases, such as Alzheimer disease, that interfere with thinking (dementia). Early research suggests that attaching a pad containing thyme oil to the collar of the shirt does not reduce agitation in people with advanced dementia.
- Patchy hair loss (alopecia areata).
- Swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis).
- A motor skill disorder marked by clumsiness (developmental coordination disorder or DCD).
- Appetite stimulation.
- Bad breath.
- Ear infections.
- Preventing bed-wetting.
- Skin problems.
- Sore throat.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the lungs and mouth.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the tonsils.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the voice box (laryngitis).
- Whooping cough.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyWhen taken by mouth: Thyme is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in normal food amounts. Thyme is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth as medicine for short periods of time. In some people, it can cause digestive system upset, headache, or dizziness. There isn't enough reliable information to know if thyme oil is safe to use as medicine or what the side effects might be.
When applied to the skin: Thyme oil is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin. In some people, the oil can cause irritation.
When inhaled: There isn't enough reliable information to know if thyme oil is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Children: Thyme is LIKELY SAFE when consumed by children in normal food amounts. Thyme is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken as medicine for short periods of time. There isn't enough reliable information to know if thyme oil is safe to use as medicine or what the side effects might be.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Thyme is LIKELY SAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women when consumed in normal food amounts. There isn't enough reliable information to know if thyme is safe to use in larger medicinal amounts. Stay on the safe side and stick to amounts found naturally in foods.
Allergy to oregano and similar plants: People who are allergic to oregano or other Lamiaceae species might also be allergic to thyme.
Bleeding disorders: Thyme might slow blood clotting. Taking thyme might increase your risk of bleeding, especially if used in large amounts.
Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Thyme might act like estrogen in the body. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don't use thyme.
Surgery: Thyme might slow blood clotting, so there is some concern that it might increase the risk of extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using thyme at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with THYME
Thyme might slow blood clotting. Taking thyme along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
The appropriate dose of 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 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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