Thyme essential oil is derived from the the thyme plant (Thymus vulgaris) that is commonly used in cooking.
Thought to impart courage to its bearer, Thyme was given to knights and warriors before they went into battle by ladies of the Middle Ages. During this same period, Thyme was often placed beneath pillows to help promote peaceful sleep and to prevent nightmares. The ancient Greeks used Thyme in their baths and burned it as an incense in their temples while the Egyptians used it in their embalming rituals.
Today, Thyme is commonly used as a seasoning, but it also produces a potent essential oil that has cleansing and purifying effects for the skin; however, due to its high thymol content, Thyme should be diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil before application.
Thyme is an example of an herb with over 300 varieties and various chemotypes (chemically distinct entities), which are plants with the same basic appearance but with different chemical compositions. This means that depending on which chemotype the oil is derived from, it will have a distinct chemical structure and, as a result, varying properties but generally consistent.
The flowers, leaves and oil of thyme are commonly used by people for the treatment of bedwetting, diarrhea, stomach ache, stiff and uncomfortable joints, colic, irritated throat, flatulence and as a diuretic (to increase urination)… Thyme has been found to contain multiple constituents that inhibit the growth of unwanted microorganisms, including thymol, camphor, borneol, carvacrol, terpinenes, pinenes, cymene, terpinenols, citral, and cineoles. These and others have been found to be specificallysupportive for the immune system, but more importantly, in combination, the plant and its essential oils provide significant
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Thyme Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Thyme?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
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- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “thyme essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- Add 2 drops to veggie capsules and take during winter time to support a healthy immune system.
- Use when gardening to naturally repel insects.
- Use 1–2 drops in meat and entrée dishes to add a fresh herbal flavor.
- Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to targeted areas on the skin to purify and promote healthy-looking skin.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to desired area.
Plant Part: Leaf
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Warm, herbaceous, floral, powdery
Main Chemical Component and Chemotype: Thymol, para-cymene, γ-terpinene