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Thyme essential oil, made from the herb Thymus vulgaris, has been traditionally used in the Mediterranean region for thousands of years as a common remedy for a number of ailments. It had a widespread reputation across many countries and ancient cultures. The Egyptians used it for embalming; the Greek for courage; the Romans for purification of the air; and many Asian cultures for spicing up their food and for aiding digestion. The herb is important in French cuisine, too, with the fresh sprigs being part of bouquet garni.
The oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of the plant and has a strong smell that is hot and spicy in character. The main ingredient that gives the essential oil its characteristic smell and excellent antiseptic ability is thymol. It constitutes more than 50 percent of the volatile oil component of the essential oil. Besides thymol, there are a few more potent aromatic oils that provide a myriad of medical properties to this oil. These are eugenol, linalool, alpha pinene, alpha thujene, beta caryophyllene, camphene and carvacrol.
Below are some ways you can get the most out of this highly potent essential oil.
1. As an antiseptic and antibacterial agent
Thyme essential oil has been used for ages as an antiseptic to prevent infections from developing on damaged skin. Since it is a strong oil, it should be diluted with coconut oil before applying directly on cuts and bruises. The addition of coconut oil aids in healing and has a strong antibacterial component of its own.
Contagious fungal diseases like ringworm and athlete’s foot can be effectively treated by topical application. Redness developing in skin creases during hot weather may be a sign of either bacterial or fungal infection. Thyme oil can take care of it as it has both antibacterial and antifungal properties.
2. For gastrointestinal health
Thyme oil is edible and non-toxic at levels used for therapeutic purposes. It can be safely used to treat colitis and other stomach infections. Lab tests have repeatedly proven its superior effect against E. coli and Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Wiping door handles, toilet seats, kitchen counters and other frequently used surfaces with cotton doused with thyme oil can reduce the bacterial load and thus chances of infections spreading......More Here