Thyme is a member of the labiatae family, also known as the mint family. It is a Mediterranean herb and it has different varieties.

Even though there is just one plant, and it is thymus vulgaris, the composition of the oil that is distilled from this plant has many variations in chemical components and this depends on the region or location where the plant grows in and it is not important that they are botanically identical.

Thyme has so much microbial power and some of its oil can be consumed and are safe and others are not.

The best oil to be used for beginners is Thymus vularis ct. linalol and it is the safest to be used on your skin, in your baths etc. Certain chemotypes would be better if they are used only by qualified aromatherapists. One of the most useful oils in aromatherapy is thyme oil, but it is important to be used moderately and with care.

Its extreme fungicidal, antibiotic, antiviral, bactericidal, expectorant, diuretic, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties make it the perfect tool in the flu and cold season.

Additionally, besides the fact that it can kill microbes, thyme can help your body to get rid of toxins and also boost the immune system. It will do that by supporting the white blood cells formation and it will increase the resistance to the organism that want to invade the body.

It has warm, familiar, herbaceous aroma that is penetrating and powerful, and the name originates from the word ‘thymos’ which means ‘to perfume.’

Benefits of Thyme

There are different traditional ways to use thyme and some of them are treating respiratory infections. Thyme is amazing pulmonary disinfectant; it is great to be used against colds, flu, asthma, sore throats, coughs, catarrh, laryngitis, bronchitis and whooping cough. You can use it to inhale for throat, nose, as well as chest infections; for gum and mouth infections (such as gingivitis and thrush), use it as toothpaste or as a gargle or mouthwash.

There was a study in Germany and it is believed by many that cough medicine is efficient because of the exhalation (after you have swallowed it) of the local action of this essential oil on the respiratory tract.

There was additional research and it showed that essential oils are efficient, in the role of expectorants and for increasing the secretion of mucus in order to relieve dry coughs. The best way was to inhale it in very small amounts; while strong inhalation had opposite effect.
These inhaled treatments are extremely effective if you treat chronic infections which linger in the sinuses.

You can use thyme as a remedy for psychological and physical weakness, and people use it these days as well. It is great for regaining strength after you’ve been ill, experienced chronic fatigue, or being depressed and it can be used for treating insomnia because its effects are balancing. It will stimulate circulation, helps with concentration, improve low blood pressure, and it can improve memory and intelligence.

It strengthens, revives and brings balance in both body and mind. Thyme essential oil has antibacterial properties and it acts on the enzymes of the bacteria. You can also use it in soapy solutions so it can help in the disinfection of hands before having surgery and it is a powerful antiseptic which is used in many hospitals.

Thyme is able to destroy staphylococcus if used at a dilution of 1,000 times. There was one study in France and it is proven that thyme is one of the essential oils which were able to kill of 90% of microbes during a period of 3 hours if used as a vaporizer.

It helps to deodorize the air and it purified it from staphylococcus, proteus and cryptococcal.

There are other uses as well:

• Thyme can be used for treating infections of the bladder and urinary tract and it can be used as a diuretic, which will increase its effectiveness.

• It can be used for treating vaginitis and candida.

• It can be used for destroying nail fungus.

• It is amazing to be used as a natural hand sanitizer.

• You can add thyme to a hot compress and you can relieve muscular pains and aches, rheumatic pain, sciatica, sprains, gout, sports injuries, arthritis etc.

• Take fresh thyme and crush it or use diluted thyme oil to help you for treating insect strings and bites.

• Use it on athlete’s foot. If you want to use it for this purpose, apply the thyme oil undiluted or neat, but you have to protect the skin using fatty cream. Additional neat applications are for animal boils and bites.

• Take 1% solution and use it like antibacterial wash for ingredients.

• You can also use it in skin and hair care regimes, like a hair tonic or add it in a face wash and also for treating warts and acne.
• You can use thyme in a massage or sitz bath for stimulation of missing period or menstruation.

• It can be used for killing parasites.

• Thymol that can be found in thyme essential oil can help and increase the blood-flow of the skin and speed up the healing process.

• Thymol can increase and protect the percentage of healthy fats that are found in the membranes of the cells.

• Dietary thyme consumption can increase the DHA amount in kidneys, brain and membranes of the heart cells.

• Thyme can prevent insects from “attacking” your home.

• Use it along lavender, rosemary and cedarwood added in jojoba and grapeseed carrier oils for treating alopecia areata. One study proved that it should be massaged in the scalp every day for few months.

• It is good to use thyme in blends, because of the risk of irritation. It is very good to blend it in with lemon, lavender, bergamot, grapefruit, pine and rosemary.