Using Thyme for Gout Relief and Prevention

Thyme is an herb that is packed with health benefiting phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins that make is a popular herb in the kitchen and for medical applications. It’s primary used for soothing cold and flu symptoms as well as treating and preventing infections.

Thyme for Gout Relief and Prevention

Thyme provides anti-inflammatory activity thanks to a chemical recognized as carvacrol. Inhibiting inflammation can help reduce the pain present during a gout flare up and can also help prevent uric acid induced inflammation caused by future gout attacks.

Research Supporting Thyme and Gout Relief and Prevention

An article published in science daily about research conducted by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology found that out of six essential oils, thyme is able to suppress the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme, in a similar manner to resveratrol, thanks to the active chemical carvacrol.

Thyme Sources

Thyme is a readily available herb that can be purchased at any grocery store. It is also available in supplement forms as well as an herbal tea.

Thyme Supplement Variations

Thyme is available in the following supplement varieties:

  • Capsules (powdered thyme)
  • Oil Extracts
  • Dehydrated leaves
  • Herbal tea

The most effective form of thyme supplements can be found in its capsule form or as an essential oil for topical purposes.

How to Use Thyme for Gout Relief and Prevention

Thyme should be taken in moderation and can be consumed in its capsule form for the most effective and beneficial results.


Thyme is considered safe to consume in normal and moderated amounts. If taken for extended periods or if sensitive to the herb, digestive discomfort can develop. There is not enough research available for thyme usage during pregnancy or breastfeeding, if considering thyme during this time stick to using it with your feed instead. Individuals who are allergic to oregano or similar plants should avoid thyme as it may cause an allergic reaction. Thyme may have the potential to act like estrogen in the body and can worsen hormone related conditions such as breast, uterine or ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.

Side Effects

Thyme can cause stomach discomfort, or skin irritation if taken topically. Thyme may slow blood clotting and it is recommended to stop the usage of thyme during and after surgery.

Interactions with other Medications

Thyme interacts with the following medications:

  • Anticoagulant/Antiplatelet drugs. Thyme may slow blood clotting and may increase the effects and side-effects of similar slow blood clotting drugs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is thyme tea good?

Thyme tea is a good way to obtain the beneficial anti-inflammatory benefits of thyme. Be sure to purchase a product that is organic to avoid using tainted tea.

Can I take thyme oil for gout?

Thyme oil is safe to take orally and can be more beneficial in providing benefits for gout as it is easier for the body to absorb oil extracts.