Thyme essential oil, made from the herb Thymus vulgaris, has been traditionally used in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years as a common remedy for a number of ailments. It had a widespread reputation across many countries and ancient cultures.
The oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of the plant and has a strong smell that is hot and spicy in character.
As an antiseptic and antibacterial agent
Thyme oil has been used for ages as an antiseptic to prevent infections from developing on damaged skin. However, since it is a strong oil, it should be diluted with coconut oil before applying directly on cuts and bruises. It is also effective in fungal infection of the skin.
For gastrointestinal health
Thyme oil is edible used for therapeutic purposes, it is useful in colitis and many stomach infections. Thyme oil has a carminative property similar to peppermint oil. It reduces gas formation in the stomach and helps one pass gas to relieve the symptoms of bloating.
To treat rheumatism
It is useful in the treatment of rheumatic and arthritic pain.
To promote good sleep
Dab a few drops of thyme oil on the pillows or using a few drops in a diffuser kept by the bedside. It actually helps in inducing deep sleep.
For cardiovascular health
Thyme oil improves the circulatory system by relaxing the walls of the arteries and veins. It also rejuvenates the heart muscle and the heart valves for more effective pumping.
To get rid of pests and parasites
Like other strong-smelling oils, thyme oil also has a bug-repellent effect, particularly on blood-sucking insects like mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs and lice.
Relief from menstrual problems
Improvement in blood circulation and the antispasmodic effect combine to regulate menstrual flow and reduce cramping. Thyme oil has a stimulating effect on the endocrine system and is known to delay menopause, too.
Regular application of thyme oil on scars caused by acne, burns, chicken pox and surgery may help them to fade gradually.
For oral hygiene
Thymol is a common ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Anyone can formulate a healthy natural mouthwash by mixing a few drops of thyme essential oil in water and shaking well. The antibacterial agents in the oil will reduce plaque formation and cavities.
Thyme oil is a valuable home remedy. However, Thyme oil is a strong oil that can cause allergic reactions or even burn the skin if applied in full strength. For topical application, dilute thyme with olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil. Always test on a small area of the skin before using it more generously.