Thyme is member of the mint family and is native to the Mediterranean basin. While it is believed that there are many varieties of the plant, it is actually one plant that shows variations in the chemical components of the oil obtained from it.
Thyme has extremely powerful antimicrobial properties, which means that some oils can be safely used in virtually all situations, while some are not that safe. The safest oil for beginners is Thymus vularis ct. linalool, which can be applied topically on the skin of elderly as well as children. Other poplar chemotypes include thymus vulgaris c.t carvacrol, thymus vulgaris ct. thymol, and thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol.
In addition to its antimicrobial properties, thyme is also a diuretic, expectorant, antibiotic, fungicidal, antiviral, and bactericidal agent. It helps the body get rid of the detrimental toxic matter and it boosts immunity by stimulation the production of white blood cells.
Thyme Health Benefits
Being a natural expectorant, thyme is beneficial against sore throats, asthma, coughs, flus, colds, whooping coughs, bronchitis, and laryngitis. For throat, nose, and chest infections you need to inhale. For gum and mouth infections like gingivitis and thrush, use in mouthwash or toothpaste. According to one German study, the efficacy of cough medicine lies in the exhalation of the local activity of the oil. Multiple studies have shown that expectorants like thyme essential oil tend to increase the production of mucus, which in turn relieves dry coughs. Inhalation in small amounts provided the best results, while too strong inhalation provided the opposite effect.
Thyme also helps regain strength after depression, chronic fatigue, or an illness. It improves circulation, boosts concentration, increases memory, raises too low blood pressure, and it even fights off insomnia. In brief, it strengthens, revives, and balances both the mental and physical health.
As a potent antibacterial agent, thyme essential oil has been widely used as disinfectant in emergency rooms and as antiseptic in many hospitals. It has the ability to kill off staphylococcus at a dilution of 1,000 times. According to one French study, thyme is one of the few oils that are capable of destroying 90% of microbes in only three hours, when used as vaporizer. It cleansed the air from streptococcus, cryptococcal, proteus, and staphylococcus.
Additional Uses of Thyme
- It acts as insect repellent
- You can combine it with lavender, cedarwood, rosemary, jojoba, and grapeseed carrier oils to treat alopecia areata
- Thymol, a chemical compound in thyme essential oil, has been shown to accelerate healing
- Thymol protects and boosts the amount of healthy fats in cell membranes
- Daily consumption of thyme has been found to increase the amount of omega-3 fats in kidney, heart, and brain cell membranes
- It kills off parasites
- To stimulate menstruation, use thyme in bath
- Use it as hair tonic, or face wash to treat warts and acne
- Use crushed thyme or diluted oil to treat stings and insect bites
- Apply undiluted thyme oil on athlete`s foot
- Use a 1% solution as an antibacterial wash for fresh fruits and veggies
- Thyme is a common ingredient in hand sanitizers ( natural)
- Use it for vaginitis and candida
- It treats nail fungus
- Add thyme to hot compress to alleviate sciatica, gout, sports injuries, sprains, rheumatic pain, and muscle pains
- Due to its diuretic properties, turmeric is beneficial for treating infections of the bladder and the urinary tract
- Use it in blends due to the risk of irritation. It pairs well with lavender, lemon, grapefruit, and bergamot.
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