Thyme can be used along with other herbs as a natural ingredient to improve flavor and palatability. It can also help increase feed intake, especially in ruminants and pigs. For animal nutrition, thyme may be a good source of vitamins and minerals including iron, manganese and vitamin K.
Thyme also has antimicrobial properties that may help prevent various infections. Some of the bioactive compounds in thyme, especially thymol and carvacrol, are studied extensively, with research showing a variety of ways in which these compounds may improve gut health and digestive function.