Last update: July 2, 2015

Garden thyme

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

On latest update no relevant data related to breastfeeding were found. A widely used herb as condiment in food preparation and as infusion tea. Because a lack of toxicity when used at appropriate dose, infrequent or moderate use may be compatible while breastfeeding.

Shrub. Florid summits are used. Contains essential oil, (Thymol, Carvone) flavonoids, tannins, terpenes, Phytoestrogens and Phytogestagens.

Essential oil is irritant. Although Phytoestrogens are present in low amount, it is known that Estrogens can decrease milk production.

Unproven effects: expectorant, anti-spasmodic. (Not clinically tested)

Indications by European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Commission E of German Ministry of Health: dry cough, bronchitis.


We do not have alternatives for Garden thyme since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Garden thyme is also known as Thyme. Here it is a list of alternative known names::

Garden thyme in other languages or writings:


Garden thyme belongs to these groups or families:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Garden thyme in its composition:


  1. EMA-Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) Tomillo Herbal monograph 2013 Full text (in our servers)
  2. WHO. World Health Organization. WHO monographs on medicinal plants commonly used in the Newly Independent States (NIS). WHO monographs. 2010 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Zaffani S, Cuzzolin L, Benoni G. Herbal products: behaviors and beliefs among Italian women. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2006 Abstract
  4. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume I. WHO monographs 1999 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. Zava DT, Dollbaum CM, Blen M. Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs, and spices. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1998 Abstract

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