Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme essential oil has valuable cleansing and clarifying properties. 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 a peaceful sleep and to ward off 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 rites. Today, Thyme is commonly used as a seasoning, but it also produces a potent essential oil that has cleansing and clarifying effects for the skin; however, due to its high phenol content, Thyme should be diluted with fractionated coconut oil before application. Thyme has specific chemotypes that produce a broad-spectrum activity in promoting winter-time health. Including Thyme essential oil in food dishes or consuming one to two drops a day will promote a healthy immune system when seasonal threats are high.
Primary Benefits of Thyme Essential Oil
- Cleansing and purifying effect for the skin
- Broad-spectrum activity in promoting winter-time health
Properties of Thyme
- Anti-bacterial: an agent that prevents the growth of or destroys bacteria.
- Anti-catarrhal: an agent that helps remove excess catarrh from the body. Expectorants help promote the removal of mucus from the respiratory system.
- Anti-fungal: an agent that prevents and combats fungal infection.
- Anti-microbial: an agent that resists or destroys pathogenic microorganisms.
- Anti-parasitic: an agent that prevents and destroys parasites.
- Anti-rheumatic: an agent that helps prevent and relieve rheumatism.
- Anti-spasmodic: an agent that prevents and eases spasms or convulsions.
- Anti-viral: an agent that inhibits the growth of a virus.
- Immune-stimulant: an agent that stimulates the natural defense mechanism of the body.
Uses of Thyme
- 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 skin.
- Add 2 drops to veggie capsules and take during winter time to promote immunity.
- Mix with coconut oil and use while oil pulling for improved oral health.
Body Systems Primarily Affected by Thyme
- Immune System
- Muscles and Bones
Notes on Blending
- Classification: Enhancer (50% to 80% of the blend) and Equalizer (10% to 15% of the blend)
- Blends well with Bergamot, Melaleuca, Oregano and Rosemary
Main Chemical Component
PubMed.gov - Reduction of salmonella on Turkey breast cutlets by plant-derived compounds
Quality of the Essential Oil
The information provided here on the benefits, properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", many brands are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil. Be aware that only about 50% of the product needs to be an actual essential oil for the label to read "pure." Reading the label can sometimes tell you if the essential oil is already diluted with carrier oils, such as jojoba or almond.
Research what goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. Choose a brand that follows these stringent guidelines.
- Proper plant varieties
- Grown in their indigenous region
- Grown without chemical pesticides
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Supplier has relations with distillers
- Extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve molecules
- Third-party testing of each batch
- Stand behind the internal use of oils