Consequences of taking thyme
What are the side effects of thyme?
Thyme in general is a safe plant in the recommended doses. An overdose of thyme may cause:
- Intoxication: hypothermia (decrease in body temperature) and bradycardia (decrease in heart rate).
- Hyperfunction of the thyroid gland. Because of its thymol content, an excess of thyme can cause hyperfunction of the thyroid gland.
- Contact dermatitis in people with hypersensitivity.
Thyme essential oil is much more potent than the plant and should not be eaten. Several side effects have been described in the use of the essential oil:
Can thyme be taken during pregnancy?
Thyme as a plant should NOT be used during pregnancy without first consulting a physician.
What is the dosage of thyme
- Infusion. One teaspoon of thyme (2g) in a cup of boiling water 3 times a day.
Essential oil of thyme should only be used topically, never internal: do not ingest.
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