Time for Thyme!
Thyme comes from the Greek word, “thymos” which means “smell.” Thyme is a renowned seasoning herb that we all know and love in our home-cooked meals. The joy of the mountain, it is an herb most commonly used in the Mediterranean region for its delicious flavour and beneficial health properties.
Thyme essential oil is versatile and can be used for a wide scope of ailments. From digestive relief, respiratory aid, acne treatment and air-purifying actions, the possibilities are wide, and the best part is, they smell so good.
Uses & Benefits of Thyme Essential Oil
- Respiratory Aid
Thyme essential oil has been proven to be effective in strengthening the respiratory system by relieving symptoms of cold and flu.
Thymol is the active ingredient in thyme that gives its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, immune strengthening, anti-spasmodic and anti-oxidant properties (Schönknecht, Karina et al., 2016), this may be useful in the treatment of respiratory illness and minimising the duration of coughs.
To use thyme for respiratory aid, dilute up to 5 drops of the essential oil into your diffuser or facial steam.
Being antimicrobial and antibacterial, thyme essential oil may have its uses in skincare. Acne can be triggered by microbes and bacteria entering and contaminating the skin.
Essential oils like thyme, oregano, tea tree and lemongrass have antimicrobial properties that make it a natural alternative to synthetic skincare products (Taleb, Mohammed H et al., 2018).
How to use thyme for skincare: Blend 2 drops thyme essential oil, with 2 drops lavender essential oil and 2 drops frankincense essential oil in 30ml jojoba oil. Pour into a sterilised dropper bottle and use as a facial serum.
- Oral Health
Thyme’s antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties make it a potent essential oil for many symptoms, including oral health.
Many toothpastes already contain these ingredients. Not only do they freshen the breath, but especially cleanse the gums, tongue and teeth, which is vital for our health.
- Purify the Homespace
Diffusing thyme essential oil throughout your home can be useful against microbes, funguses and viruses in the air.
Killing bacterias in the air of the home can strengthen our wellbeing by improving the health, while also adding a lovely aroma to the homespace.
Simply diffuse thyme essential oil in combination with tea tree, frankincense, lemon, lavender or cloves. You can also dilute thyme essential oil into a homemade cleaner to wash your counters and table-tops. This will disinfect bacterias and microbes, while also leaving a lovely scent on the counters.
- Digestive Relief
A 2019 study shows that thyme is useful for a wide range of ailments, including gastrointestinal relief.
Carvacrol in thyme exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer actions, while flavonoids in thyme may soothe the muscles of the ilium against histamines, which may irritate the muscle lining. Additionally, it may be effective against intestinal infections. For example, hookworms, bacterias, and yeasts, such as Candida albicans.
To use thyme for digestive relief, simply dilute the essential oil into your diffuser, facial steam or roller bottle, and use in your aromatherapy practice before and/or after eating.
DIY Time for Thyme
Citrus & Thyme Diffuser Blend
Thyme, frankincense and lemon all exhibit antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This diffuser blend is multipurpose and can be used for a variety of ailments, such as respiratory aid, digestive relief, mental ease, alongside purifying the air of your home.
2 drops thyme essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
Time for Thyme Homemade Cleaner
Making your own homemade cleaner is a sustainable and beneficial way to incorporate natural ingredients into every facet of your daily life.
Many of the home cleaners bought in supermarkets contain harmful ingredients that may weaken our health, so it is important to minimise this risk by creating your own homemade cleaners, which are organic and eco-friendly.
This recipe includes various antimicrobial and antibacterial ingredients. If you are concerned about the vinegar smell, don’t worry. Although vinegar has a pungent scent, it is a potent ingredient for disinfecting. The strong smell will only last a few minutes, which the essential oils will be able to mask after. We assure you, your countertops will be smelling herbaceous and lovely.
1 cup witch hazel
1 cup white vinegar
4 cups distilled water
20 drops clove bud essential oil
20 drops rosemary essential oil
1/4 ounce thyme essential oil
1/4 ounce lemon essential oil
1/4 ounce tea tree essential oil
2 tbsps vegetable glycerin or aloe vera.
2 tbsps dishwashing soap
Recycle used container, such as an old wine bottle or apple cider vinegar jug.
- In a pouring jug, combine essential oils with vegetable glycerin and dishwashing soap.
- Mix in the vinegar and witch hazel, and pour into your cleaner container.
- Close with a lid and shake well.
- Label and store in a dark cupboard for 6 months at most.