Thyme
Thymus Vulgaris

Gosh, how do people live without essential oils and even less without an abundance of herbs in their lives. Here we have another incredible essential oils which has a range of properties so wonderfully beneficial to us.

Two of the most useful properties at this time of the year is Thyme’s anti-bacterial and immune boosting abilities. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties helps protect the body from all the bacteria floating around in the winter environment. People tend to close themselves off from the fresh air and inadvertently share all the coughing and sneezing bacteria milling around inside the home or office space. Thyme strengthens the body’s immune system to help fight off all these bugs and inhibits the growth inside and outside of the body. Add a drop of Thyme, a drop of Lemon and a drop of Lavender essential oils to a diffuser or humidifier for dispersion into the environment. This would be ideal for kiddies nursery schools, helping keep the air germ free (used as a spray) as well as being used to wipe down taps, toilet seats, railings, toys, swings, slides, etc. It would also make an ideal blend to use in hospitals.

Because of its strong antiseptic properties, Thyme essential oil is very helpful in preventing infection developing in scratches, wounds and sores. Add a drop of essential oil to 25ml of distilled water, shake vigorously and spray onto affected areas.

Another wonderful use for Thyme essential oil, is adding a drop to your body lotion or moisturiser. It has great properties that help heal wounds and scars and help minimise the appearance of acne.

Thyme essential oil is a wonderful remedy for stomach ache, bloating and spasms. Add a single drop to 5ml carrier oil (you can also add a drop of Lavender to this blend) and massage into the abdomen in a clockwise motion.

It is also helpful to massage this oil into the abdomen to give relief from pain related to menstruation. It will also help ease symptoms like nausea, fatigue and low blood pressure. Thyme has an effect on balancing the hormones, making it ideal to use in conjunction with Geranium essential oil. This will be perfect to ease the tension, stress and anxiety that accompanies ‘that time of the month’.

Thyme essential oil is also beneficial in the treatment of sinusitis, bronchitis, coughs and colds.

Thyme blends well with essential oils of Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Lavender, Pine, Rosemary, Oregano and Marjoram.

Avoid use if you’re pregnant or have high blood pressure. Also remember to do a skin patch test before applying it to larger parts of your body. If you’re ever in doubt about how to use an essential oil, please speak to a qualified aromatherapist. You can also email me with any questions on: info@charlenemeyer.co.za