- Thyme is an herb. The flowers, leaves, and oil are used as medicine. Thyme is sometimes used in combination with other herbs.
Thyme is taken by mouth for:
- Whooping cough
- Sore throat
- Upset stomach
- Utomach pain (gastritis)
- A movement disorder in children (dyspraxia)
- Intestinal gas (flatulence)
- arasitic worm infections
- Skin disorders
- Increase urine flow (as a diuretic)
- Disinfectant for urine
- Appetite stimulant.
Some people apply thyme directly to the skin for:
- Hoarseness (laryngitis)
- Swollen tonsils (tonsillitis)
- Sore mouth
- Bad breath.
- Thyme oil is used as a germ-killer in mouthwashes and liniments. It is also applied to the scalp to treat baldness and to the ears to fight bacterial and fungal infections.
- Thymol, one of the chemicals in thyme, is used with another chemical, chlorhexidine, as a dental varnish to prevent tooth decay.
- 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.
Thyme contains chemicals that might help bacterial and fungal infections, and minor irritations. It also might relieve smooth muscle spasms, such as coughing.
Moderate Interaction 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.
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Source: WebMD, “Thyme”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/