Thyme originates from the Mediterranean basin and belongs to the mint family. It can be found in many varieties. Namely, the plant is only one, but the composition of the distilled oil out of this plant contains various chemical components on the basis on the location the plant grows in.
Linalol ct. Thymus vulgaris is the best oil for beginners’ use. At the same time, it’s the safest to be used on the skin, for elderly, for children, and in baths. Other well-known oils are thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol, thymus vulgaris c.t carvacrol, and thymus vulgaris ct. thymol.
Thanks to its high content of antiviral, fungicidal, bactericidal, diuretic, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties, thyme oil is one of the most frequently used oils in aromatherapy. Moreover, it kills microbes, boosts immunity, eliminate toxins, and promote the white blood cells creation.
Its warm and herbaceous aroma is penetrating and powerful. Its name comes from the word in the Greek language ‘thymos’ which means ‘to perfume.’
Health benefits of Thyme
Thyme treats respiratory infections. Being an amazing pulmonary disinfectant, thyme fights colds, flu, sore throats, catarrh, asthma, coughs, whooping cough, laryngitis, and bronchitis. For throat, nose, and chest infections – just inhale it; for gum and mouth infections -- use in gargle or on toothpaste.
According to latest findings, thyme essential oil increase mucus secretions in order to relieve dry coughs. When inhaled in small amounts, it works its magic. Extremely strong inhalation gives the opposite effect.
Thyme is also used as a natural remedy for treatment of psychological and physical weakness. It has been used for recuperating after illness, depression, or chronic fatigue. It can help in the treatment of insomnia too. It promotes circulation, improves concentration, increase memory and intelligence, and raises blood pressure.
It strengthens and revives the body and the mind.
The thyme essential oil is antibacterial, and as such, it acts on bacteria. It has been used as a disinfection tool in soapy solutions before surgery.
Thyme destroys staphylococcus. According to a study conducted in France, thyme essential oil can destroy 90% of microbes in 3 hours, if used as vaporizer. It purifies the air from proteus, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and cryptococcal.
- Treats infections on the bladder and urinary tract
- It acts as a diuretic
- It can be used against vaginitis and candida
- Kills nail fungus
- Used as hand sanitizer
- When added to a hot compress, it relieves rheumatic pain, sprains, muscular pains, sports injuries, gout, and sciatica
- Use it fresh or diluted for treatment of stings and insect bites
- Apply diluted thyme oil for treatment of Athlete’s foot
- Use 1% solution as an antibacterial spray for fresh produce
- Use it as a face wash for treatment of warts and acne
- Use it on the hair as a hair tonic
- Use it in a sit bath for missing or weak menstruation
- Use it to kill parasites and bacteria
- Thymol, a chemical found in the thyme oil, increases the blood flow and speeds the healing process
- If consumed regularly, it will increase the DHA amount (docosahexaenoic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid) in kidney, brain, and cell membranes in heart
- When combined with lavender, rosemary, and cedar wood in a jojoba and grape seed oils mixture, it treats alopecia. Massage this mixture for a few months on the scalp.
- You can blend it with grapefruit, lavender, lemon, pine, rosemary, and bergamot to avoid risk of irritation.