Finally, people are turning towards nature to seek answers for their health troubles. Herbs have found a celebrity like status when it comes to natural remedies. But everything in this universe has two sides.
Loaded with thymol, Thymeis a potent antifungal, antioxidant, anti-tussive, and antimicrobial agent. A traditional remedy for a wide range of health conditions, thymealso treats headaches and coughs.
However, similar to other herbal remedies, thyme also comes with a set of side effects. While most of them are not something to worry about, cases of thyme triggering cardiac arrest have been reported too. So, it is important to be aware of the adverse impacts of thyme to fully enjoy the benefits of this wonder herb.
Top 10 Side Effects Of Thyme:
Let’s have a look at some of the side effects of thyme:
1. Irritated Mucus Membranes:
Thyme contains two compounds – thymol and carvacrol. Studies suggest that people, especially those who are sensitive, could suffer from irritation of the mucus membranes after using this herb. If you ever experience such a reaction, then avoid its contact with the mucus membrane. In short, stop using thyme for oral purposes.
2. Might Develop Allergies Towards Thyme:
If you are allergic to basil, catmint, celery, rosemary, and oregano, then beware of using thyme. Certain people, as studies suggest, are allergic to Lamiaceae, the family of mint. And, as thyme belongs to that family, stop using it in case of such an allergic history.
3. Not Safe For People With Hypertension:
Thyme is known to possess blood pressure elevating properties. If you suffer from high BP, then stay away from thyme, in the form of herbs, essential oil, as well as tea.
4. Adverse Reaction On Thyroid:>
This is the case of a specific Thyme species – the Thymus serpyllum. Studies conducted by a group of German researchers point out that thyme could have a negative impact on the thyroid gland. The study that was published in June 1982 suggests that thyme, along with its cousins, showed an adverse reaction on the pituitary gland hormone that stimulates thyroid. This study was conducted on rats, but on extrapolation you will be able to find that the regular use of thyme might lead to a lower level of thyroid hormones.
5. Avoid Thyme During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding:
While there are no established evidences that prove the safety of this herb on pregnant and breastfeeding women, there are no contraindications also. However, since thyme has been a time proven remedy to induce menstruation, there are chances that pregnant women might be at the risk of miscarriage. So, please stay cautious while using thyme. You could take the advice of your physician if you really wish to use this herb during these stages of your life.
6. Not Safe For Children Below 18 Years:
Children, especially below the age of 10 and infants, should be kept away from thyme, in all forms. Do not even use Listerine, which contains thyme, as a mouth disinfectant, unless and until prescribed by a dentist.
7. Heart At Risk:
Certain cases have been reported, where people who ingested thyme – thyme oil to be specific – suffered from various grave health conditions, such as tachypnea, seizure, cardiac arrest, and even have gone into coma. While there are evidences to prove the actual reason behind these serious conditions, it is assumed that the excessive dosage or allergy to mint family could have been the reason.
8. Inflammations On The Skin:
Certain reports point out that people who applied Listerine as an antiseptic for toe’s chronic parenchyma experienced skin inflammations. While this could be an allergic reaction, it is advisable to avoid applying thyme included ingredients on skin breakdowns and atopic people.
9. Interactions With Prescribed Drugs:
People on anti-thyroid and thyroid replacement medications should avoid using thyme as it is known to inversely react with these medications, hindering their functions.
People on anti-hypertensive medications should also thwart using thyme.
Studies, conducted under lab conditions, suggest that thyme interacts adversely with progesterone and estrogen receptor functioning. So, if you are on contraceptive pills or hormone replacement medication, check with your doctor before using this herb.
Topical application of thyme, in the form of thymol, is known to absorb 5-fluorouracil, the element used in chemotherapy. So, check with your health care professional before using thymol if you are undergoing chemotherapy.
10. Interactions With Other Herbs:
Studies suggest that using thyme with supplements and certain herbs can affect the anticipated hormonal effects of the latter.
While the listed thyme side effects are rare, it is always better to be cautious while using the herb. If you are extremely sensitive or under any kind of medication, please do consult your doctor before using thyme.
Have you ever experienced any negative impacts of using thyme? Share with us in the comments section below.
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