Tips for using thyme essential oil in herbal medicine and aromatherapy

According to Rudyard Kipling, “The scent of thyme is like the dawn in paradise.” Romans used thyme essential oil to treat hangovers and they burned it to purify their homes and temples. The ancient Romans considered thyme to be associated with courage, bravery, and strength.

Sprigs of thyme
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Sprigs of thyme look delicate but a strong essential oil is made from the flowering tops.


Thyme essential oil is very useful in herbal medicine.

Thyme essential oil stimulates blood flow to the body's organs and muscles. Diluted applications of thyme essential oil 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. Thyme essential oil is also used to fight infection.

Lots of uses for thyme essential oil

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.

Muscle spasms and cramps can be painful. Try thyme oil to stop them from occurring.Add thyme essential to massage oil and rub gently. Also use thyme essential oil and gentle massage in the treatment of coughs, cramps, muscular aches, and intestinal complaints.

Thyme essential oil is good for arthritis pain.

Mix ten drops of thyme essential oil 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.

Do you have bronchitis with lungs full of phlegm? Do your lungs feel like they are on fire? Maybe you have a hacking cough. Try using thyme essential oil in chest rubs and poultices when treating bronchitis and lung problems. Add hyssop or peppermint essential oil for best results.

Thyme essential oil in aromatherapy

In aromatherapy, thyme essential oil 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 essential oil, grapefruit essential oil , lemon essential oil , lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil, juniper essential oil , and pine essential oil.

The skin can benefit from thyme essential oil.

Dilute thyme essential oil 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.

More about thyme

Thyme is a summer herb producing stronger fragrance when the sun is hottest. The essential oil is distilled from the flowering tops. Thyme is from the same family as sage and is a strong stimulant. It is sometimes used to increase the appetite and is good for those that have been seriously ill. In other cultures, thyme essential oil is used to treat stubborn cases of worms since it stimulates the digestive tract. Thyme is also known to stimulate the brain and improve memory. It is said that regular use of thyme essential oil retards hair loss. Add it to scalp treatments, hair conditioners, and shampoos. Use daily or whenever you wash your hair.

Thyme repels insects.

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. Spray on all exposed skin except hands and face before going outdoors if bugs are a problem where you live.

* 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.

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