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Directory of Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme was known as a medicinal plant from the early civilizations of the Mediterranean basin. Both Hippocrates and Dioscorides described its uses.

There are several varieties of Thyme, but the common Thyme is the one most used in aromatherapy. The oil is distilled twice, to remove irritant substances present in the plant.

Active Constituents of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

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Thymol

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Carvacrol

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Terpinene

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Cymene

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Borneol

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Linalol

Thymol and carvacrol are the main ingredients and, together, they make up about 60% of the volume of the essential oil.

Uses of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Culinary herb, antiseptic, digestive stimulant, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, helps insomnia, disinfectant.

 Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) As a culinary herb

Delays the putrefaction of meat. Essential oil of Thyme slows down the proliferation of bacteria and prevents the meat broth within in which the bacteria was cultured in the laboratory from going bad for three days.

 Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) as an Antiseptic

An intestinal antiseptic, valuable in gastric infections. 
Used for treating colds, coughs and sore throats: Thyme is an excellent pulmonary disinfectant, useful for all respiratory infections. Thyme is very effective against mouth and throat infections. 
Useful for nose, throat and chest infections when used as an inhalation or as a mouthwash or gargle. Thyme is effective against bacteria that cause mouth and gum infections. 
Thyme is a urinary tract antiseptic, useful for all infections of the bladder or urinary tract.
Use for disinfecting the hands before surgery. Thyme is a strong antiseptic.

Thyme against Infections

Thyme is effective in all forms of infection.
Thyme stimulates the production of white corpuscles, strengthening the body's resistance to invading organisms.

 Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) as a Stimulant

Thyme stimulates the circulation. It raises low blood pressure. 
A digestive stimulant, useful for people with a sluggish digestive system.
Good for people who are fatigued, depressed or lethargic.
Stimulates the appetite. This is especially good for those who are recovering from a bout of illness. 
Thyme helps to revive and strengthen both body and mind.
Thyme stimulates the brain and improves memory.

Miscellaneous  uses of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme, used in baths, helps insomnia. 
Used for hair rinses, aromatic waters for the skin and in compresses for sores and wounds. 
Thyme is sometimes used in hot compresses to relieve rheumatic pain. Also used for insect bites and stings.

More Essential Oil Info at:

Directory of Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

 

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