Thyme essential oil and its dynamic compound, thymol, have been shown to possess powerful germicide properties, which is the reason why the majority of antiseptic wipes and mouthwashes have thymol listed among their ingredients.
Recent research also indicates that thyme essential oil can even relieve pain, which is not really surprising when we consider that many common medicaments have used thyme and other essential oils for pain relief.
Study indicates that thyme oil is better at relieving pain than Ibuprofen
Researchers from the Babol University of Medical Sciences in Iran found that thyme acts as a powerful pain reliever as well as reducing menstrual pain more effectively than Ibuprofen.
The study included 84 women aged 15 to 24, who suffered from painful menstrual cycles and dysmenorrhea. This condition affects from 20 to 90 % of women in their reproductive phase and can be characterized by painful cramps and other side effects such as headaches, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea and back pain.
Thymol is the active component in thyme oil which has been shown to improve healing by increasing blood flow to the skin. It secures the healthy fats, such as DHA omega-3, in the cells of the brain, heart and kidneys. It is great in combination with lemon, lavender, grapefruit, pine and bergamot
Medical uses of thyme oil
Tonic – tones skin, muscles, heart, digestive system, circulatory system
Disinfectant – excellent disinfectant that protects cuts and wounds from infection
Regulates low blood pressure- Thyme helps to naturally raise low blood pressure and improve circulation for people in danger of improper functioning, feelings of slowness and fogginess
Treats rheumatic issues – thyme essential oil helps treat the accumulation of uric corrosive in the blood, which could lead to rheumatism, arthritis and gout. It also acts as a diuretic and facilitates elimination of toxic materials and as a stimulant.
- Eliminates nail fungus
- As a hand sanitizer
- As an insect repellent
- Added to a heat pack to relieve pain from sports injuries, sprains, muscle and rheumatic pain, sciatica, gout
- As an antibacterial wash when used as a one percent dilution
- As a hair tonic, face wash, skin treatment for warts and break outs
- To treat alopecia, aerate, (hair fall) combine thyme with lavender, rosemary and cedar wood in a grapeseed and jojoba oil blend
- To treat infections of the bladder and urinary tract, vaginitis and candida
- To eliminate parasites
- Dilute thyme oil to treat stings and bites
- Use it undiluted to treat boils and athlete’s foot. Protect surrounding areas with cream.
- Rub in thyme essential oil to regulate menstrual cycle and prevent missed periods