Thyme is a herb from the mint family that comes in different varieties. According to several studies, thyme oil has powerful antimicrobial properties that can be used for treatment of several diseases. The oil shows differences depending on the species of plant from which it is obtained – the thymus vulgaris can be safely used for treatment of diseases without medical supervision, while thymus vulgaris carvacrol must be used under the supervision of a qualified aromatherapist. Thyme oil is often used in aromatherapy, but should be administered in proper amounts.

Thyme has antispasmodic, antiseptic, antifungal, antibiotic, bactericidal and expectorant properties, which means that it can destroy herbs, reinforce the immune system expel toxins from the body and stimulate the creation of new white blood cells. The name comes from the Greek word “thymos”, meaning perfume, so it’s not surprising that the oil is used in aromatherapy.

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One of the main health benefits of thyme oil is the treatment of respiratory infections. As an effective disinfectant, thyme can successfully cure coughs, asthma, sore throat, laryngitis, bronchitis as well as other throat and nasal infections. Inhaling thyme oil can defeat numerous respiratory infections, while the oil can also be used as a mouthwash and toothpaste for treatment of oral infections. According to a recent German study, cough medications work by the local actions of essential oils on the respiratory tract. There’s growing evidence that suggests that some essential oils can increase the secretion of mucus and relieve dry cough, and thyme oil seems to be the most powerful one.

The oil can also be used to recover the strength of a person after an illness, as well as against fatigue, lack of focus and depression. Thyme has the ability to boost memory, improve circulation, balance the body and mind and regulate the blood pressure. As a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial agent, thyme oil is widely used as a disinfectant in hospitals prior to surgeries. Studies have shown that it can destroy the staphylococcus bacteria in a 1:1000 solution, while another study showed that thyme oil is one of few select oils that kill 90% of bacteria within 3 hours when used as a steamer.

Here are other uses for thyme essential oil:

  • Destroys parasites and nail fungus;
  • Destroys candida;
  • Diluted thyme oil or crushed herb can treat insect stings and bites;
  • A thyme hot compress can relieve muscle pains and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, gout and rheumatism;
  • Used as a tonic, thyme oil can defeat acne or warts on the face;
  • Regulates menstruation;
  • A compound in the oil known as thymol can stimulate circulation to a part of the skin and accelerate healing;
  • Thymol increases the amount of healthy fast in membrane cells;
  • The oil can successfully repel insects.