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July 1, 2019

Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)

Table 1. Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Common name(s) Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Part(s) Preparation

Thymus vulgaris

  • Common thyme
  • Conehead thyme
  • English thyme
  • French thyme
  • Garden thyme
  • Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

  • Flowering herb top
  • Leaf


References: Proper name: USDA 2019; Common names: McGuffin et al. 2000, Wiersma and Léon 1999; Source materials: Hoffmann 2003, Blumenthal et al. 2000, WHO 1999.

Route of Administration

Topical (Mills and Bone 2005; Blumenthal et al. 2000)

Dosage Form(s)

Acceptable dosage forms for the age category listed in this monograph and specified route of administration are indicated in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine as an antiseptic and/or antimicrobial to help treat minor wounds and sores (Bradley 2006; McIntyre 2005; Hoffmann 2003; Blumenthal et al. 2000; Bove 1996).


Claims for traditional use must include the term “Herbal Medicine�, “Traditional Chinese Medicine�, or “Ayurveda�.



Children 1 to 11 years, Adolescents 12 to 17 years and Adults 18 years and older (McIntyre 2005; Bove 1996)


Methods of preparation: Dry, Powder, Non-Standardized Extracts (Dry extract, Tincture, Fluid extract, Decoction, Infusion)

11 grams of dried leaf and/or flowering herb top, per day (Bradley 2006; Blumenthal et al. 2000)

Direction(s) for use

Apply to affected area as needed.

Duration(s) of Use

No statement required.

Risk Information

Caution(s) and warning(s)

Consult a healthcare practitioner/health care provider/health care professional/doctor/physician if symptoms persist or worsen.


No statement required.

Known adverse reaction(s)

No statement required.

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.

Storage conditions

No statement required.


References Cited

References Reviewed