Thyme known since ancient times as a medicinal herb, thyme contains large amounts of thymol. As a dietary supplement, it is one of the strongest antioxidants known.
Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris and Thymus zygis
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering plant
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Warm, spicy-herbaceous, powerful
Largest Producing Countries: Spain and France
Traditional Use: Medicinally known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties. It is also extensively used as a household cleaner.
Properties: Analgesic, anthelminthic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cell proliferant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide, parasiticide, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge
Benefits: Anxiety, bruises, burns, cellulite, chills, colds, coughs, cuts, diarrhea, exhaustion, fatigue, flatulence, gum infections, headaches, infections, insect bites, insomnia, itching, muscular aches and pains, oily skin, poor circulation, sore throat, sprains, wounds. Topical applications such as balms and ointments may be applied locally.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, marjoram, peru balsam, pine, rosemary, tea tree
Of Interest: The name has two possible Greek origins. The first being thymon which means to fumigate. This comes from the herb being used as an incense. The second is thumon meaning courage. Thyme was associated with bravery.
Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of Thyme essential oil to the carrier oil.
If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment,or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!
While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.
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