Thyme Oil Benefits
Thyme oil benefits include it's ability to ease anxiety, help fight acne, stimulate the appetite, reduce inflammation, and to help fight Athlete's Foot.
For many centuries, thyme oil has been used throughout the world for sacred practices like burning incense in temples, embalming before burial, and to help get a good night's sleep, but many new uses are being discovered now.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is extracted from the leaf of the thyme plant and contains thymol, and a combination of powerful chemicals, which make it a great cleansing oil.
As with many essential oils, thyme should be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or almond, before applying to skin.
Thyme Oil Benefits
- Insect Repellant - Naturally repels bugs
- Immune support - offers a boost for immune system
- Helps Skin Disorders - Cicatrizant, one of the ingredients in thyme oil, helps with skin conditions like scars and acne, especially when combined with a natural carrier oil like jojoba
- Oral health support - because thymol is effective in reducing inflammation and infection, it is a natural ingredient in mouthwash and other dental products, to help keep teeth and gums healthy
- Digestive support - since thyme and thymol have been shown to be antibacterial, they are a support against salmonella, H-pylori, and Staphylococcus aureus
- Respiratory Health Support - helps coughing and respiratory disorders by working as an expectorant
- Increases Circulation - boosts circulation and blood flow, increasing amount of oxygen going to extremities
- Reduces Anxiety - inhaling thyme or diluting it with a carrier oil, and applying to the temples, wrists or chest can help calm stress and ease tension
- Detox - one of the primary ingredients in thyme is Linalool, which has antioxidants that help detox the body, especially helping with liver detox.
Thyme Oil Uses
Thyme oil contains constituents of thymol, carvacrol, alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, camphene, alpha-terpinene, linalool, borneol, beta-pinene, para-cymene, and beta-caryophyllene, which contribute to a variety of uses.
Thyme oil uses as:
- Antispasmodic - helps ease spasms, cramps, and coughs from muscle contractions that occur throughout the body in muscles, organs and body systems - relaxes arteries and veins, which can promote good heart health
- Antirheumatic - help arthritis, gout and rheumatism by increasing blood circulation, and removing toxic uric acid by stimulating urination
- Emmenagogue - helps with pain of menstruation by relieving cramping, abdominal pin, anxiety, depression, and fatigue that comes with have a monthly period
- Antibacterial - helps stop bacterial growth outside and inside the body for conditions like acne, and other bacteria that can attack our body
- Insecticide - helps ward off insects like mosquitoes
- Antifungal - helps Athlete's foot and ringworm which can cause skin irritation, itching and redness
Thyme Oil Cautions
- Use with caution if you have sensitive skin as it can cause irritation
- Avoid if you have high blood pressure, because it is a hypertensive
- Avoid if you are pregnant or nursing, because it is a emmenagogue, and promotes menstrual flow
Thyme Oil Recipes
This oil can be mixed with Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Lavender, and Bergamot in essential oil recipes to provide additional health benefits, and for luxurious spa treatments.
Read more about Thyme oil uses at Healthline.
Thyme oil benefits many health issues that we face today, with it's ability to help us fight common illnesses, makes it one of those "must-have" essential oils for our home and family.