Thyme is originated from the Mediterranean basin and is a member of the mint family. It has a strong scent, and the name comes from the Greek word “thymos” which translates to “to perfume”.
According to a nutrition counselor named Christine Ruggeri, the healing values of thyme date back to 1550 B.C. in an Egyptian medical text. The way the ancient Egyptians used the thyme was for preservation.
Ancient Greeks also used it in their baths, and in the European Middle Ages, it was used to help sleep by leaving the thyme under the pillow. It was also believed that by laying the thyme on a coffin it would help the spirit have a safe passage to the afterlife.
This plant can grow in different environments, climates, and soils. Depending on the location of where the plant grows, there are 300 different varieties of the plant with different chemical composition, which can lead to different health benefits.
From all the different types of thyme, one of the best oils produced by it is Thymus vulgaris ct. Linalool because it is very pleasant for the skin and can be used for both elderly and children. Additionally, other known oils are thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol, thymus vulgaris ct. carvacrol, and thymus vulgaris ct. thymol.
An article published in The Truth About Cancer website, all of these different types of thyme oils’ properties are explained with details such as:
Thymus vulgaris ct thymol – contains sixty-seventy percent thymol, and has strong antiseptic properties. It also contains a high amount of antioxidants, with pain releasing benefits and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Thymus vulgaris ct. carvacrol – contains thirty – eighty percent carvacrol, depending on when it is picked. This oil can aid with relieving aid, and also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool – Usually grows on a high altitude. It has antifungal and anti-parasitic properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct. 1,8 cineole – This type contains eighty – ninety percent cineole. It helps with releasing phlegm, and it is a natural diuretic and analgesic.
Thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol – contains about fifty percent thujanol, and most commonly known as Sweet Thyme. It’s known to boost the immune system.
Thyme oil has many health benefits, such as:
- Boosting up the blood circulation to hasten the healing process. This also improves memory and concentration and raises blood pressure as well.
- It can kill numerous bacteria due to its antibacterial property. It can fight off staphylococcus and cleans the air of Proteus, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and cryptococcal.
- Thyme oil can help with infections of the respiratory system, such as coughs, colds, the flu, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, and laryngitis.
- It can be used to treat chronic fatigue, depression, insomnia and boost up the body after fighting off an illness.
- It can boost the discharge of mucus and soothes dry coughs.
- Used as a hand sanitizer to soothe rheumatic pain, sprains, sports injuries, sciatica, and gout.
- Can relieve athlete’s foot, insect bites, and stings.
- Strengthens the hair
- By mixing it with pine, lemon, lavender, rosemary, and grapefruit essential oils, it can prevent skin irritations.
- It can destroy nail fungus, candida, and vaginitis
- Can stop bladder and urinary tract infections
- By mixing it with lavender, rosemary, and cedar wood in a jojoba and grape seed oil, it can treat alopecia.
- Can treat warts and acne
- In order to treat irregular or weak menstruation, add several drops of the oil in the bath
- Consuming oil regularly can increase the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in the kidney, brain, and cell membranes in the heart.