Thyme, Wild (Serpylli herba)

Published October 15, 1987; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Serpylli herba, wild thyme.

Composition of Drug

Wild thyme consists of the dried, flowering, above-ground parts of Thymus serpyllum L. [Fam. Lamiaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains essential oil, principally carvacrol and/or thymol.


Catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dose:

6 g of herb; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Cut herb for infusions and other preparations for internal use.



Ed. note: Commercially, Thymus pulegioides L. and T. praecox Opiz subsp. arcticus (Dur.) Jalas are also offered as and mixed with T. serpyllum L.]. -->