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Thyme Essential Oil Benefits, Uses and Side Effects

Thyme essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Thymus plant, an aromatic perennial herbaceous plant that is native to Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. It is an evergreen shrub which will reach the height of around sixteen inches.

The thyme shrub’s leaves are gray to green in color accompanied with pale purplish-pink flowers. The herb is exceptionally aromatic, and is favored for flavoring foods in many cultures. The oil, which is extracted from the dried and fresh leaves of the plant with steam distillation, is equally aromatic, with a strong herbaceous scent.

The content of thymol in these oils ranges between twenty and fifty percent, which makes it extremely potent. Because of this it is highly recommended that the oil be combined with a carrier oil, such as wheat germ or jojoba. 

Thyme Essential Oil Benefits

  • Preventing colds – By boosting your immune system, this oil can help you fight coughs and even the common cold. Adding a few drops to a bowl of hot water and inhaling the steam can also help you to combat nasal and sinus congestion. Doing this will help to thin out and expel mucus, helping you breathe more easily.
  • Anti-sceptic – Due to the antiseptic properties of this oil, it acts as an anti-parasitic for the treatment of lice when applied topically (after mixing with a carrier oil). It can also help to treat digestive difficulties and urinary tract infections.
  • Pain relief – Thyme works particularly well as a natural cure for earaches, toothaches, sprains, inflammation and arthritis.
  • Oral hygiene – Gargling thyme essential oil can help reduce the build up of plaque, and it is used extensively as an all-natural mouthwash.
  • Skin Care – Thyme oil can help prevent and clear up acne, when applied to the skin. It can help to clear spots, scars, and blemishes up. It can also assist those looking to reduce stretch marks. This makes is the perfect addition to a natural shaving lotion.
  • Sleep – As a natural sleep remedy, it is believed thyme essential oil can prevent the recurrence of bad dreams.

Thyme Essential Oil Uses

Regularly massaging the oil into your head and hair can help improve the blood circulation in your scalp. This will also help give your hair bounce, luster and radiance. Here’s an easy hair development recipe you can make yourself.

When using thyme essential oil, you can use it in a massage, aromatherapy, as a lotion, cleanser, and hair tonic. As for where to buy this product, you can discover that it’s online fairly easily or you may also find it at attractiveness and health specialty stores and health food stores. Since it is an extremely potent oil, do remember to combine it with a carrier oil.

Thyme Essential Oil Side Effects

Thyme essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.

Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.