Some historical facts about thyme essential oil
Thyme has a long history regarding it’s culinary use and also medicinal one, mentions of its use as essential oil for aromatherapy, as well as medicine, dating back to the time of the pharaohs. . They used thyme oil for embalming the dead, believing it had spiritual powers and helped to pass the soul of the dead to safety.
The Greeks used it to prepare their baths and temples (burning the plant) to instill courage preparing for battles. The Romans seem to have been the ones who promoted and spread the use of thyme in Europe, using it in aromatherapy to refresh their homes, but also as a spice for different food recipes and beverages.
From a chemical point of view, essential thyme oil contains about 20% -50% of a substance called timol with antiseptic properties. Therefore, before antibiotics were developed, which without the current population fails to recover from bacterial and microbial diseases, thyme oil was one of the natural remedies used to treat skin infections and inflammation caused by open wounds or other conditions. When used internally, thyme essential oil can boost the immune system against respiratory infections caused by germs and viruses and it can also improve the digestive system.
Thyme essential oil is obtained through distillation of the plant’s small flowers. Through this process plants properties are concentrated in a small but very powerful dose. Therefore, even for external use, thyme oil must be diluted, usually in another type of vegetable oil to prevent potential side effects.
The following may be use for dillution: cold pressed sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba or olive oil.
Medicinal properties of thyme oil
Here are some properties of thyme oil discovered over time and confirmed by current research:
- antiseptic – destroys and prevents the spread of bacteria and microbes (used internally or externally);
- healing properties – helps heal wounds, inflammations, eczema and scars, faster;
- circulatory tonic – “puts the blood in motion”, strengthens the heart muscle, relaxes the arteries and veins. Not recommended for hypertensives!
- emenagogue – relieves premenstrual symptoms, stimulates progesterone production, and delays the onset of menopause.
- carminative – stimulates the process of digestion and helps relieve bloating, favoring the elimination of intestinal gas.
- improves concentration and memory function;
- diuretic – helps eliminate excess water from tissues as well as accumulated toxins.
- expectorant – relieves congestion of the respiratory tract by destroying infections and viruses responsible for influenza.
- and last but not least, thyme oil can be used as a natural insecticide. Due to its strong aroma, it has a repellent effect against mosquitoes, flies, fleas, moths and so on.
Before using thyme oil internally, it is necessary to consult a phytotherpist. They will first establish if thyme oil is beneficial for you ilness and if so, the correct dosage and way to use it.
For external use, you should always be careful to dilute this type of oil, as many other essential oils, because it can irritate the skin due to the concentrated mass of its active substances.
Some useful tips:
– to shake of the feeling of fatigue in your body, add 2 drops of essential thyme oil in your bathwater;
– you can get rid of toenails / fingernails fungus, by adding 5 drops of thyme oil in the water you wash your feet.
– for the decongestion of the nasal passages, add 2 drops of thyme oil to the steam inhalation container;
– You can use 2 drops of thyme oil in your mouthwash for gum infections or bad breath;