Thyme is a herb from the mint family, native to the Mediterranean basin and comes in many varieties. There are many variations of this herb, which differ in chemical composition, based on the region the plant grows, but the most common type is Thymus Vulgaris.
Thyme is one of the most used and most useful oils in aromatherapy but always use thyme oil with care, in moderation. The microbial power of thyme is so powerful that some oils are safe to use in all situations, and some are not.
Thymus Vularis ct. linalol is recommended by herbalists as an effective and safe beginner herb to use on the skin, in baths, and on children and the elderly. Other varieties are more potent, and their use should be reserved for qualified herbalists with experience in using them.
Thyme has remarkable antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antibiotic, diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant, and antiseptic properties that make it wonderful to have around during cold and flu season.
Thyme is also a powerful detoxifying agent, making it one of many liver detox herbs. What’s more, the herb is a great immune system booster that encourages white blood cell formation while increasing resistance to invading organisms.
Thyme Health Benefits
Treating respiratory infections is one of the most common uses of thyme. Being an effective pulmonary disinfectant, it is beneficial for sore throats, asthma, coughs, whooping coughs, bronchitis, laryngitis, and chest, throat, and nose infections.
Inhale thyme oil to treat infections like chest or nose infections, and use it mouthwash or toothpaste for mouth and gum infections. After one German study, most researchers now believe that the secret of cough medicines is in the local action of essential oil on the respiratory tract.
Mounting evidence suggests that essential oils work as expectorants and increase the secretion of mucus to alleviate dry coughs. It is recommended to inhale small amounts, as too strong provides the opposite effect.
It is also used to treat physical and psychological weakness, such as regaining strength after an illness. It is effective against depression, chronic fatigue, and poor concentration. Thyme also improves circulation, boosts memory, balances mind and body, and raises blood pressure that is too low.
Being a potent antibacterial and antiseptic agent, thyme essential oil is widely used in solutions to disinfect hands prior surgery. It can destroy staphylococcus at a dilution of 1,000 times. According to a study done in France, it is one of the few essential oils that kill off 90% within three hours, when used as vaporizer.
– It is an ingredient in natural hand sanitizers
– Kills off nail fungus
– Kills off parasites
– It is used for candida and vaginitis
– To treat athlete`s foot, apply the oil onto the affected area, protecting it with some fatty cream
– It helps treat infections of the urinary tract and bladder, as it acts as mild diuretic
– Use diluted oil or crushed herb to treat insect bites and stings
– Add thyme to hot compress to alleviate muscular aches and pains, gout, arthritis, sciatica, sports injuries, and rheumatic pain
– Use it as hair tonic or face wash to treat acne or warts
– Use it in bath to stimulate weak menstruation of missing periods
– Use 1% solution as an antibacterial wash for your produce
– Thymol, a compound found in thyme essential oil, has been shown to stimulate blood flow to the skin and facilitate healing
– Thymol increases the amount of healthy fats in cell membranes
– Thyme repels insects