Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

The essential oil from this powerful and strong aromatic herb is obtained through steam distillation of the fresh or dried leaves and flowers.Thyme essential oil has a reputation for stimulating the immune system and helping the body fight off colds, coughs, asthma, laryngitis, sinusitis, mucous congestion, whooping cough, sore throats and tonsillitis. Add a few drops to the humidifier or diffuser or add one or two drops to a basin of hot water for a steam inhalation to help with respiratory conditions.

Added to a massage blend, Thyme essential oil may be helpful with the aches and pains of flu, coughs and colds, as well as muscular aches and rheumatism, arthritis and gout. It acts as a diuretic, helping the body rid itself of accumulated water, salts and toxins.

Thyme oil is very beneficial for chronic fatigue. It also acts as a tonic for the heart, strengthening the heartbeat, improving circulation and helpful for low blood pressure.

Avoid use of Thyme essential oil if you have high blood pressure.

Being a carminative and an anti-spasmodic, Thyme essential oil used in a massage blend will help ease stomach ache, cramps, excessive gas, vomiting, headaches and nausea. Always massage the tummy in a clockwise motion to move contents towards the bowels.

Thyme is believed to strengthen the nerves and and revives low spirits and feelings of exhaustion. It helps with memory and concentration as well as mental fatigue, so add a drop of Thyme and a drop of Rosemary in a diffuser if you have a long day or night of studying ahead of you.

Thyme oil offers relief from irregular and painful periods. It will increase menstrual flow and for this reason must be avoided during pregnancy. However it could be helpful during childbirth, encouraging delivery.

Because Thyme oil is very potent, always do a skin patch test to determine sensitivity to the oil. Consult a qualified aromatherapist if you are uncertain about the use of any essential oil.

Thyme blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Juniperberry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Pine and Tea Tree.