Mother Nature has offered us so many wonderful products that can boost our health and one of them is thyme. The word thyme comes from the from the Greek word ‘thymos’ which means ‘to perfume’ thus revealing its strong, herbaceous aroma. It belongs to the mint family and it is native to the Mediterranean basin.
This plant has been used since ancient times considered to be a powerful plant with some unique properties.
Here it is what Christine Ruggeri, CHHC, states about the use of thyme in the past:
“The oldest Egyptian medical text, called Ebers Papyrus, dates back to 1550 B.C., and it records the healing values of thyme. The ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming, and the ancient Greeks used it in their baths and temples; they believed that it brought on feelings of courageousness.
In the European Middle Ages, thyme was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares; the herb was also laid on coffins during funerals because it was believed that it provided a safe passage to the next life.”
“Because the thyme plant is grown in many environments, climates, and soils, there are over 300 varieties with different chemotypes. Although they all look the same, the chemical composition is different along with the corresponding health benefits. The chief constituents of thyme essential oil typically include alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene, para-cymene, alpha-terpinene, linalool, borneol, beta-caryophyllene, thymol, and carvacrol. “
The chemical components of thyme oil that Ruggeri mentions depend on the location of the plant grows. As a result of that there are many varieties of the thyme essential oil, for instance, beginners should use Linalool ct. Thymus vulgaris as it is not harsh for the skin, and can be easily used by the elderly and children. Other beneficial thyme oils are thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol, thymus vulgaris c.t carvacrol, and thymus vulgaris ct. thymol.
The Truth About Cancer website has released an article about the important properties of the most common thyme chemotypes. Here they are:
Thymus vulgaris ct linalool – One of the gentlest of thyme chemotypes, it commonly grows at high altitudes and has potent antifungal and anti-parasitic properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct 1,8 cineole – Is 80-90 percent cineole, with an interesting array of benefits. It is a good expectorant (phlegm releaser), diuretic (increases the expulsion of urine), and analgesic properties.
Thymus vulgaris ctcarvacrol – Between 30-80 percent carvacrol (depending on when it is harvested), it also has potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving) and antioxidant properties.
Thymus vulgaris ctthujanol – About 50 percent thujanol, this chemotype is known to support the immune system. It is found mainly in the wild, known commonly as Sweet Thyme.
Thymus vulgaris ctthymol – Between 60-70 percent thymol, this chemotype has strong antiseptic properties. It has a high level of antioxidants, with strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.
This essential oil shows potent antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, diuretic, antiseptic, and antispasmodic features. These powerful properties help in body detox, boosted immunity, in the formation of white blood cells, and in the destruction of microbes.
Health Virtues of Thyme Oil
Helps in the treatment of respiratory infections, bronchitis, sore throats, catarrh, asthma, laryngitis, coughs, colds, and the flu.
The use of thyme essential oil will promote the secretion of mucus and thus alleviate dry coughs.
Stimulates blood circulation and thus speeds up the healing time; plus it enhances memory and concentration, and increases blood pressure.
Due to its amazing antibacterial effect it can efficiently destroy various bacteria like staphylococcus. It cleanses the air from streptococcus, Proteus, staphylococcus, and cryptococcal.
It is extremely beneficial in the case of psychological and physical weakness reviving both the body and mind. Hence, it would be an ideal remedy for insomnia, chronic fatigue, and depression. Its use will help in quick recovery after an ailment.
Other Amazing Uses of Thyme Essential Oil
Hair Tonic – for healthy hair you can use it as hair tonic
Treats Alopecia – for that purpose you need to mix it with lavender, rosemary, and cedar wood in a jojoba and grape seed oils mixture. The resulting mixture is applied by gentle massages on the scalp every day.
Natural Hand Sanitizer
Soothing Hot Compress – for conditions like gout, sciatica, rheumatic pain, sprains, muscular pains, and sports injuries.
Prevention of skin irritations – for that purpose combine it with other essential oil like lavender, rosemary, pine, lemon, and grapefruit.
Relief of Athlete’s foot, Insect Bites, and Stings – dilute it and apply it on the affected area.
Deals with Nail Fungus, Candida, and Vaginitis
Treats Bladder and Urinary Tract Infections
Natural Antibacterial Spray for Fresh Produce – make sure to use 1% solution
Helps with Irregular or Weak Menstruation – just add several drops of this oil in your bath
Boosts the DHA amount (docosahexaenoic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid) in the brain, kidney, and cell membranes in heart if you take it regularly
Treats Acne and Warts – when used as a face wash