Thyme

Thyme
Thymus vulgaris CT Thymol

Botanical Family: Labiatae (mint)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves, stems, and flowers

Common Primary Uses: Antioxidant, Asthma, Bacterial Infections, Bites/Stings, Blood Clots, Brain (Aging), Bronchitis, Colds (Common), Croup, Dermatitis/Eczema, Fatigue, Fungal Infections, Greasy/Oily Hair, Hair (Fragile), Hair (Loss), Mold, MRSA, Parasites, Pleurisy, Pneumonia, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Radiation Wounds, Sciatica, Tuberculosis

Common Application Methods: Dilute 1:4 (1 drop essential oil to 4 drops carrier oil) when used topically. Dilute heavily for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Place 1-2 drops under the tongue, or take in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.
Properties: Highly antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, antiseptic.

Historical Uses: Thyme was used by the Egyptians for embalming and by the ancient Greeks to fight against infectious illnesses. It has also been used for respiratory problems, digestive complaints, the prevention and treatment of infection, dyspepsia, chronic gastritis, bronchitis, pertussis, asthma, laryngitis, tonsillitis, and enuresis in children.

French Medicinal Uses: Anthrax, asthma, bronchitis, colitis (infectious), cystitis, dermatitis, dyspepsia, fatigue (general), pleurisy, psoriasis, sciatica, tuberculosis, vaginal candida.

Other Possible Uses: This oil is a general tonic for the nerves and stomach. It may also help with circulation, depression, digestion, dysmenorrhea, physical weakness after illness, flu, headaches, immunological functions, insomnia, rheumatism, urinary infections, viruses along the spine, and wounds.

Body System(s) Affected: Immune System, Muscles and Bones.

Aromatic Influence: It helps energize in times of physical weakness and stress. It has also been thought to aid concentration. It is uplifting and helps to relieve depression.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Thyme oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 2 tsp. honey or in 8 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). However, more dilution may be necessary due to this oil’s potential for irritating mucus membranes. Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data: This type of thyme oil may be somewhat irritating to the mucous membranes and dermal tissues (skin). This type of thyme should be avoided during pregnancy. Use with caution when dealing with high blood pressure.

Blend Classification: Equalizer and Enhancer.

Blends With: Bergamot, melaleuca, oregano, and rosemary.