Thyme is an evergreen herb which is another member of the Labiatae, or mint, family. It comes in many varieties, but the most common variety is Thymus vulgaris. It is known to have herbaceous and slightly floral aroma. The origin of its name comes from the Greek word ‘thymos’ which means a perfume.
Thyme has powerful antibiotic, expectorant, antiseptic, bactericidal, antiviral, fungicidal, diuretic, and antispasmodic properties and it is extremely effective during cold and flu season. Besides having the ability to kill microbes, thyme helps the body to eliminate toxins. It can increase resistance to invading organisms and support the formatting of white blood cells, thus boosting the immune system.
It is very important to know that Thymus vulgaris ct linalool is the best oil to use since there are some oils which are not safe to be used in all situations. This one is the safest to use on the skin, in baths, and it is recommended for both children and elderly. Thyme is one of the most common used oils in aromatherapy which can provide the best results, but however, it is recommended to use thyme oil in moderation.
Thyme Health benefits
For many years, thyme has been used for treating respiratory infections. It is useful against colds, sore throats, asthma, flu, coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, catarrh, and laryngitis. Inhale for nose, chest, and throat infections; for gum and mouth infections use in toothpaste or mouthwash. Many studies showed that the essential oils, including thyme, can act as expectorants and can increase mucus secretions to relieve dry coughs. It is recommended to inhale in moderation because too much inhalation can have the opposite effect.
Thyme is also an effective remedy used for physical and psychological weakness. It is extremely useful for depression, chroming fatigue, insomnia, and regaining strength after illness. It is considered that it can boost memory and intelligence, stimulate circulation and concentration, and increase blood pressure that is too low. It can provide amazing results for the mind and body!
Thyme essential oil is antibacterial and it has been used in soapy solutions for disinfecting hands before surgery. It can destroy staphylococcus at a dilution of 1,000 times. According to a French study, thyme is one of the several essential oils that have the ability to destroy 90% of microbes within 3 hours, when used in a vaporizer.
Additional benefits and uses include:
- It can kill nail fungus
- It can be used for candida and vaginitis
- Thyme is useful for urinary tract and bladder infections. It can also act as a diuretic, increasing its effectiveness
- Thyme is an ingredient in natural hand sanitizers
- You should add thyme to a hot compress in order to relieve sports injuries, sciatica, arthritis, gout, rheumatic pain, muscular aches and pains, and sprains
- Thyme can kill parasites
- Use a one percent solution as an antibacterial wash for fresh produce
- It can be used for treating athlete’s foot. Apply the oil neat, or undiluted, but make sure to protect the skin with some fatty cream. Other neat applications include animal bites and boils
- To stimulate menstruation or missing periods, use thyme in a bath or massage
- Thyme will discourage insects from invading your home
- You can use it as a hair tonic or in a face wash. It is very effective in the case of acne and warts
- Thyme can increase blood-flow to the skin and speed up healing due to its active compound Thymol
- To treat alopecia areata, use thyme with lavender, rosemary and cedarwood in a mixture of grape seed and jojoba carrier oils. You should apply the mixture on the scalp, and massage it. Repeat this procedure for several months.
- It is recommended to use thyme in blends. It blends well with lemon, lavender, rosemary, pine, grapefruit, and bergamot.
Source: Living Traditionally