Last update July 2, 2015

Thymus vulgaris


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

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 Thymus vulgaris since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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

Thymus vulgaris is Thyme in Latin, botanical name.

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Thymus vulgaris is also known as


Thymus vulgaris belongs to these groups or families:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Thymus vulgaris in its composition:


  1. EMA-Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) Tomillo Herbal monograph 2013 Full text (in our servers)
  2. Posadzki P, Watson LK, Ernst E. Adverse effects of herbal medicines: an overview of systematic reviews. Clin Med (Lond). 2013 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  3. 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)
  4. Zaffani S, Cuzzolin L, Benoni G. Herbal products: behaviors and beliefs among Italian women. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2006 Abstract
  5. 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)
  6. 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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