Another member of the labiatae (mint) family, thyme is an herb native to the Mediterranean basin and comes in many varieties. There is only one plant, thymus vulgaris, but the composition of the oil distilled from the plant shows variations in chemical components based on the location or region the plant grows in, despite being botanically identical.
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 the best oil for beginners to use and it is the safest to use on the skin, in baths, and on children and the elderly.
powerful herb thyme plantOther chemotypes (ct) such as thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol, thymus vulgaris ct. thymol, and thymus vulgaris c.t carvacrol should be left to qualified aromatherapists. Thyme is one of the most used and most useful oils in aromatherapy, but always use thyme oil with care, in moderation.
Thyme has remarkable antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, antibiotic, diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant, and antiseptic properties that make it wonderful to have around during cold and flu season.
In addition to killing microbes, thyme helps the body to eliminate toxins and boosts the immune system by supporting the formation of white blood cells, increasing resistance to invading organisms. Its familiar, warm, herbaceous aroma is powerful and penetrating, and the origin of its name, which comes from the Greek word thymos meaning “to perfume”.
Thyme Health Benefits
Thyme offers countless health benefits that can keep you fit at all times. It can easily deal with respiratory infections, colds, flues, asthma, sore throats, coughs, whooping coughs, catarrh, bronchitis, and laryngitis.
The best way to use thyme is through inhalation- this helps mostly with all throat, nose, and chest issues. In case you are suffering from gingivitis, thrushes, and other mouth or gum infections, use thyme in gargle/mouthwash or toothpaste.
According to numerous experts, even 1% solution can get the job done. One study confirmed that thyme oil, alongside other essential oils, can act as an expectorant and help you deal with dry coughs by encouraging mucus.
Thyme can also be beneficial on the mind. It can provide healthy properties that deal with depression, chronic fatigue, and insomnia. Furthermore, it can improve the circulation, increase blood pressure and ameliorate the memory and logical capacity.
The thyme essential oil has been used for disinfecting hands before surgery as well.
One French study acknowledged that thyme can kill off 90% of microbes in just 3 hours. In fact it can clear up space that has been affected by staphylococcus, proteus, cryptococcal, and streptococcus.
Some other ways you can benefit from using thyme
– Help treat candida and vaginitis
– Treat nail fungi
– Sanitize hands
– Helps treat athletes foot
– Promotes a faster injury treatment