Side Effects of Fenugreek & Thyme


Fenugreek is an herb commonly grown in Mediterranean regions. The seeds and leaves are used for culinary purposes, but for some health conditions as well, including increased production of breast milk. Thyme is also an herb and is part of the mint family. It is used primarily for culinary uses, but it contains an essential oil that is high in antioxidants, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. While both fenugreek and thyme offer medicinal properties, there may be side effects associated with their use. Always consult a doctor before taking any herbal supplements.

Skin Irritation

  • The consumption of thyme is largely safe, although essential oil of thyme may irritate the skin and result in redness or a rash. Application of fenugreek on the skin may also result in skin irritation.

Difficulty Breathing

  • Individuals with sensitivity to thyme may experience irritation of the mucous membranes when thyme is consumed and this could result in difficulty breathing. In addition, individuals who are allergic to peanuts or chickpeas should avoid fenugreek as it belongs to the peanut family and may result in an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing.

Uterine Stimulation

  • Consumption of thyme oil or fenugreek is not recommended for pregnant women as either herb can stimulate the uterus, which can be dangerous during pregnancy.

Stomach Upset

  • Nausea, diarrhea and or bloating may result after consuming fenugreek. Avoid consuming large doses of fenugreek, such as more than 100g of fenugreek seeds daily.

Medicinial Absorption

  • The high fiber content of fenugreek may interfere with the absorption of other medications or supplements. Take fenugreek at least two hours prior to or after other medication to prevent this from occurring.

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