Thyme Essential Oil
Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol
Aroma: herbaceous, spicy, fresh
Extraction: Steam Distilled
Part Used: Leaf
Useful for soothing away stress and anxiety, killing bacteria, comforting the digestive system, or cleansing wounds; its variety of uses make Thyme a fundamental instrument of home health. Try Thyme as an option for foot and nail fungus, and also to prevent acne by cleansing the skin of bacteria. Diffusing Thyme throughout the home is a great way to help clear the air of any harmful bacteria and promote a healthier atmosphere.
Apply 1-2 diluted drops on area of concern, pulse points, abdomen, or back
Add several drops to skin or skin care products
Add 8-10 drops to a diffuser
Add a drop to palms of hands, cover nose and mouth and inhale
Add to water in spray bottle to spritz in room or on linens
Inhale scent directly from bottle, or put a drop on tissue and inhale
INTERNALLY: (see internal use safety recommendations)
Dilute with carrier oil & add to cold or hot beverage to benefit body systems
Add 1-10 diluted drops to capsule
Add to salsa, or marinade to enhance the flavor of foods. To maintain therapuetic benefits, add after heating food
Hazards: Drug interaction; may inhibit blood clotting; skin irritation (low risk); mucous membrane irritation (moderate risk).
Cautions (oral): Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders.
(Tisserand & Young, 2014, p. 453)
Regulatory Guidelines: Has GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status.
Our Recommendations: If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have liver or kidney disfunction, consult your physician before use. Avoid eyes, mucous membranes, and sensitive skin. Keep out of reach of children.
If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (If it is not already diluted, dilute with a carrier oil).
Store in a covered or dark, airtight container in the refrigerator or cool area for longest shelf life.
Antioxidant activity is at the root of anti-inflammatory action, and Thyme oil is one of the most potent antioxidants among essential oils (see antioxidant). Thymol inhibits prostaglandin synthesis. It has anti-inflammatory action, it is a COX-1 inhibitor, and also can reduce swelling. Phenolic compounds, such as thymol, carvacrol and eugenol, are more responsible for antioxidant activity than the monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.
Adorjan, B. and Buchbauer, G. (2010) Biological properties of essential oils: an updated review. Flavour and Fragrance Journal 25, 407-426.
Thymol is known to have an antiviral effect
Thyme ct. thymol is highly effective against Candida albicans.
Thymol has good antinociceptive activity, possibly acting via ion channels, receptors and prostaglandin synthesis.
Thyme ct. thymol essential oil is a very good antioxidant.
Thyme essential oil has antispasmodic activity on gastrointestinal tract tissues (in vitro).
The antimicrobial activity in Thyme oils is associated with the thymol and carvacrol chemotypes.
Considering the strong inhibitory activity of Thymus vulgaris oil against S pyogenes as presented in our study and others,10,28–30 it seems reasonable to use this essential oil in aromatherapy, particularly among patients with respiratory tract infections caused by S pyogenes such as tonsillitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, and bronchitis.
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