Thyme Essential Oil

Thymus Vulgaris

Thyme Essential Oil is a powerful antimicrobial on the level of oregano. It has been used for circulation, inflammation, strengthening the immune system, improving the skin and in surgical dressings.

It is a powerful antimicrobial on the level of oregano and has been used to preserve meat. The Egyptians used it for embalming.

The oil is used in mouthwash, toothpaste and cough drops and as fragrance in aftershave, perfumes and soaps.



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What is Thyme Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

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About Thyme Essential Oil

Family:  Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Origins:  Mediterranean region. Now found throughout Asia Minor, Russia, and central Europe. The oil is produced mainly in France, Israel, Greece, Morocco, Algeria, Germany, and the USA. 
Other Names:  French thyme, garden thyme, red thyme (oil), white thyme (oil). 
Description:  A perennial shrub with small grey-green leaves and purple or white flowers.
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation. 
Botanical Part Used: Fresh or partly-dried leaves and flowering tops.

Principal Constituents:  Thymol and carvacrol (up to 60%), cymene, terpinene, camphene, and others. 

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil

Suggested Uses

Anti Aging

As we age we face increasing attacks from damaged cells called “free radicals”. These free radicals cause damage in healthy cells leading to aging, arthritis, cancer and heart disease etc. 

The most powerful weapon we can use against free radicals comes in the form of “antioxidants” which can be found in foods such as red/purple berries, dark green vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and ….. some essential oils. 

Add powerful antioxidants to your meals by adding a drop of Thyme Oil to your meal.

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Main Page Anti Aging

Arthritis

Mix Thyme Essential Oil with carrier oil in a 1:3 blend and massage your muscles and joints to treat the pain of gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatism.

Other Oils for Arthritis

Main Page - Arthritis Relief

Candida

Because of its powerful anti-fungal properties, which are deadly to many fungal infections, Thyme Essential Oil is known to be one of the most effective essential oils tested against candida.

Other Oils for Candida

Main Page - Candida Cleanse

Circulation

Thyme Essential Oil applied in a 1:3 blend with a carrier oil can stimulate poor circulation to assist with edema and obesity.

Massage the blend on your back, shoulders, limbs and abdomen in the direction of your heart.

Diffuse or inhale two or three drops daily.

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Main Page for Blood Circulation

Cold and Flu

To relieve your symptoms and boost your immune system put a couple drops of Thyme Oil on your palms and inhale deeply. 

In a bath put a cup of Epsom salts with 5 drops of Thyme and 10 to 15 drops each of some of the oils listed for respiratory conditions. The blend should work out to about 5% Thyme and 95% other oils (see link below).

This blend can also be used in a diffuser or massaged on the back of your neck, chest and upper back as well as the soles of your feet and hands.

Have a carrier oil on hand in case the blend gets to hot on your skin.

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Main Page - Cold & Flu

Cough

Add a couple drops to a cup of tea or other beverage to calm your cough.

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Environment

Mix 10-20 drops of Thyme Oil with a cup of water and spray it around the entrances to your home to repel insects.

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Hair Care

Thyme Essential Oil is a powerful antimicrobial which has been used for circulation and inflammation.

For these reasons it is well known for it's ability to 

  • promote blood flow
  • rejuvenate your hair follicles
  • promote hair growth
  • prevent hair loss
  • treat scalp problems including dandruff

Because it is a very potent oil I recommend you use it in moderation and include other essential oils or carrier oils to create a milder blend.

Blend 2 drops of thyme with 5 drops of lavender oil in 2 tablespoons carrier oil such as Jojoba oil or coconut oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it in for 15-20 minutes before washing it out.

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Main Page Natural Hair Care

Immune System

To boost your immune system put a couple drops of Thyme Essential Oil on your palms and inhale deeply. 

Other Oils for Immune System

Infection

Thyme Essential Oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can kill infections both internal and external. When taken internally it will treat bacteria in your respiratory tract as well as bacterial infections in the:

  • intestines
  • genitals
  • urethra 

It also has some very powerful anti-fungal properties, which are deadly to many infections. As a result, Thyme Essential Oil makes an effective toenail fungus remedy and is known to be one of the most effective essential oils tested against candida.

Mix Thyme with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage it into the affected area each morning and again at night.

For internal consumption add a couple drops to a carrier oil in a gelatin capsule and take once a day. For added punch consider including a drop of Oregano.

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Inflammation

Thyme Essential Oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and acts like an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to lower inflammatory levels in your body.

Add a drop to a cup of tea or mix with a carrier oil and massage it into your skin. (you can also consume the mixture in a gelatin capsule)

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Laryngitis

Thyme Essential Oil can help relieve laryngitis and boost your immune system.

Put a couple drops in a pan of steaming water and use a towel to cover your head. Inhale the fumes through your mouth. Blowing into the water will help increase the steam. Repeat if needed.

Put 15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts and take a hot aromatic bath

Other Oils for Laryngitis

Main Page Laryngitis Treatment

Pain Management

Mix Thyme Essential Oil with carrier oil in a 1:3 blend and massage your muscles and joints to treat the pain of gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, sciatica and sprains.

This will also work with general pains and sports injuries.

Parasites

Thyme Essential Oil has vermifugal properties which enables it to eliminate intestinal parasites including among other things: 

  • hook worms
  • round worms
  • tape worms
  • maggots

Take 2 drops with a carrier oil internally in a gelatin capsule.

Try this oil by itself and if it doesn't work as well as you want, I suggest you combine 1 drop of each of the following oils with an equal amount of carrier oil in a gelatin capsule and consume once a day till you are satisfied (no more than 10 days):

I have heard that this treatment works very well for all kinds of internal parasites.

After trying this remedy I would appreciate if you would contact me to let me know how well it worked for you. Thanks.

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Respiratory System

To relieve your symptoms and boost your immune system put a couple drops of Thyme Essential Oil on your palms and inhale deeply. 

In a bath put a cup of Epsom salts with 5 drops of Thyme and 10 to 15 drops each of some of the oils listed for respiratory conditions. The blend should work out to about 5% Thyme and 95% other oils (see link below).

This blend can also be used in a diffuser or massaged on the back of your neck, chest and upper back as well as the soles of your feet and hands.

Have a carrier oil on hand in case the blend gets to hot on your skin.

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System

Main Page - Respiratory Problems

Skin Treatment

Thyme Essential Oil can be mixed with a carrier oil in a 25:75 ratio and applied to your skin to address:

  • abscesses
  • acne
  • bruises
  • cuts
  • eczema
  • gum infections
  • insect bites
  • minor infections
  • oily skin
  • scrapes
  • wounds

Other Oils for Your Skin

Main Page - Skin Treatment

Snoring

Thyme Essential Oil is one of the strongest antimicrobials and antioxidants known and has been used for centuries for respiratory issues and as a stop snoring remedy.

To relieve your symptoms and boost your immune system put a couple drops of Thyme Essential Oil on your palms and inhale deeply. 

In a bath put a cup of Epsom Salts with 5 drops of Thyme and 10 to 15 drops each of some of the oils like Eucalyptus and Lavender for respiratory conditions. The blend should work out to about 5% Thyme and 95% other oils.

This blend can also be used in a diffuser or massaged on the back of your neck, chest and upper back as well as the soles of your feet and hands at bed time.

Have a carrier oil on hand in case the blend gets to hot on your skin. (not likely at 5% but just in case)

Add 4-5 drops of thyme oil to a pot of hot water and put a towel over your head for a steam inhalation treatment.

Other Oils for Snoring

Main Page - Snoring Remedy

Sore Throat

Antibacterial activity of thyme and lavender essential oils. PubMed.gov

Thyme Essential Oil has analgesic, antibacterial and antioxidant properties which enable it to assist in the healing of damaged tissues in your throat and lungs.

Thyme oil is one of the strongest antimicrobials and antioxidants known and has been used for centuries for respiratory issues.

It also reduces muscle spasms so it can prevent coughing which can aggravate a sore throat.

Disperse the oil into the room using an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser.

Add 4-5 drops of thyme oil to a pot of hot water and put a towel over your head for a steam inhalation treatment.

Mix thyme with a carrier oil and rub on your chest at night.

Other Oils for Sore Throat

Main Page - Sore Throat Remedy

Toenail Fungus

Thymol, the active ingredient in Thyme Oil is an antioxidant with some very impressive anti-fungal properties. As a result, Thyme oil can be an effective toenail fungus remedy. 

Mix Thyme with an equal amount of carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage it into the affected toenail each morning and again at night.

Other Oils for Toenail

Main Page Toenail Fungus

Combine With Other Oils

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