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Using thyme essential oil in herbal medicine

Thyme essential oil stimulates blood flow to tissues. It helps heal bruises, sprains, and other injuries. The oil is antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and a good decongestant. Thyme essential oil is used in the treatments of the respiratory system, the immune system, and as an aid to digestion.

It is also a good home remedy when treating gout, rheumatism, wounds, sores, water retention, menstrual problems, menopausal symptoms, bad breath, body odor, fatigue, nausea, depression, colic, gas, scar tissue, oily skin, colds, poor circulation, sore throat, sinusitis, anorexia, cellulite, eczema, athlete’s foot, dermatitis, insect bites, stings, and laryngitis.

Pain caused by muscle spasms can benefit from the use of thyme essential oil. Add to massage oil and rub gently. Also use thyme essential oil in the treatment of coughs, cramps, muscular aches, and intestinal complaints.

Thyme essential oil is good for arthritis pain. Mix ten drops with a pint of water and use as compress over inflamed joints. Blend with lavender, sage, or rosemary essential oil for added benefits.

Thyme essential oil is an excellent expectorant. Use in chest rubs and poultices when treating bronchitis. Add hyssop or peppermint essential oil for best results.

Thyme essential oil is used to fight infection. In aromatherapy, it is used to strengthen the mind and calm the emotions. Thyme essential oil is cleansing and can be used as a disinfectant. It blends well with bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lavender, rosemary, juniper, and pine.

The skin can benefit from thyme essential oil. Dilute with water and use as a toner to tighten mature skin. It may also be added to lotions and used to help prevent acne outbreaks.

Thyme is a summer herb producing stronger fragrance when the sun is hottest. The essential oil is distilled from the flowering tops. According to Rudyard Kipling, “The scent of thyme is like the dawn in paradise.”

Romans used thyme essential oil to treat hangovers. It is said that regular use of thyme essential oil retards hair loss. Add to scalp treatments, hair conditioners, and shampoos.

Thyme essential oil can be used to keep away insect pests such as mosquitoes, fleas, lice, bed-bugs, beetles, and moths. Add to body lotions or make a spray by diluting the oil with water. Shake well before use.

In other cultures, thyme essential oil is used to treat stubborn cases of worms. Thyme is from the same family as sage and is a strong stimulant. It is sometimes used as an appetite stimulant and is good for those that have been seriously ill. Thyme is also known to stimulate the brain and improve memory.

* Do not use thyme essential oil in cases of high blood pressure. Do not use thyme essential oil during pregnancy. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil and test on small area of skin before use. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

Also see thyme - the plant