Thyme: Herbal Remedies

Thyme Preparations and Dosage

Thyme can help with sicknesses such as bronchitis and has very few side effects. However, there are some things to note when taking thyme.

Thyme Preparations and Dosage

Dilute thyme essential oil with olive or other vegetable oil and rub it into the chest and upper back to treat lung infections and coughs: Combine 1 drop of thyme oil with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil for adults, or with 1 teaspoon olive oil for children or those with sensitive skin. Wash your hands immediately after applying it.

To help fight infection in the nose, sinuses, and lungs, inhale thyme vapor. Bring a pot of water to a vigorous boil, then turn off the burner. Place thyme oil in the pot of steaming water, and wait five or ten minutes, until the steam isn't too hot. Cover your head with a towel, and inhale the vapors. Do not expose your skin to steam from vigorously boiling water.

To make a tincture, take 1/2 teaspoon, two to four times daily.

Thyme Side Effects

Side effects are uncommon with thyme teas and tinctures. Very large dosages, such as 3 or 4 cups of thyme tea consumed all at once, may occasionally promote nausea and a sensation of warmth and perspiration.

The concentrated essential oil, however, is extremely strong and irritating. Pure essential oil of thyme can cause headaches and confusion, due to the presence of the chemical compound thujone. When you use thyme volatile oil, you must dilute it before ingesting it or placing it on the skin to avoid burns and inflammation.

Thyme Precautions and Warnings

Do not use volatile oil of thyme topically without diluting it. That said, taking thyme can help relieve the discomfort of coughing and clear the lungs and throat and may be a huge asset when you find yourself coming down with a cold!

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Jennifer Brett, N.D. is director of the Acupuncture Institute for the University of Bridgeport, where she also serves on the faculty for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. A recognized leader in her field with an extensive background in treating a wide variety of disorders utilizing nutritional and botanical remedies, Dr. Brett has appeared on WABC TV (NYC) and on Good Morning America to discuss utilizing herbs for health.This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies.   Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. Each state and each discipline has its own rules about whether practitioners are required to be professionally licensed. If you plan to visit a practitioner, it is recommended that you choose one who is licensed by a recognized national organization and who abides by the organization's standards. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before starting any new therapeutic technique.