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Thyme Oil

Casting a "cooling" effect on the skin, the essential thyme oil has more pronounced effects in releasing the mental blocks. Apart from its carminative properties, this oil works to relieve the migraine attacks when mixed with fenugreek. Its warming ability along with high thymol content enables it to eliminate several health related complexities, including gout, arthritis, rheumatism, and much more, going up to the extent of treating asthma. Interestingly, the oil is used in liver disease treatment in France, and almost everywhere as a digestive assistant.

Stimulating the digestive system, easing dyspepsia, thyme oil can also be used for other uses including abscess, arthritis, bruises, burns, cuts, cystitis, diarrhea, eczema, edema, infectious diseases, insect bites, insomnia, lice, nosebleeds, obesity, poor circulation, scabies, sinusitis, sores, sprains, stress-related complaints, and urinary tract infections. It is considered as one of the
most potently antiseptic essential oils with the chief constituent thymol-- a extensively documented phenol for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal action. Thus, being a stronger antiseptic than phenol, the oil has been regarded as the ultimate germ killer for several years. The myrrh oil having a middle note, blends particularly well with bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, eucalyptus, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lavender, lavandin, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, pine, rosemary, peru balsam, and tea tree.
 

Oil Extraction
Known globally to revive a tired spirit and help release blockages caused by past traumas, thyme oil is extracted from Thymus vulgaris. This plant of the Labiatae family is also known as Thymus aestivus, T. ilerdensis and T. velantianus, along with known as common or red thyme. Extracted through steam distillation, the oil is collected from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of the plant. The output comes out as 2 to 5 % of pure oil with a strong, pungent, spicy, tangy, herby, rather pleasant taste and odour.

The essential thyme oil is mainly located in small glands on the plant leaves and contains thymol, paracymene & linalol. The essential oils of thyme are grouped into three main types: thyme oil, which contains 42 to 60% phenols and is mainly thymol; origanum oil, which contains 63 to 74% phenols and is mainly carvacrol; and lemon thyme oil, which contains citral. Thyme oil is divided into two types, a red thyme oil, unrectified oil and a white, rectified oil.

 

History of Thyme
Since pre-recorded times, thyme has been massively used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming, the Greeks and Romans for a medicinal and culinary herb. Even the 'thymos' has been coined by the Greeks which means "to perfume"-- indicating one of its many traditional uses as in fumigation. This plant of the Thymus species is the native to the western Mediterranean region, extending to South Eastern Italy.

During the Middle Ages, the oil was given to jousting knights for courage and a spring of herb was carried into courtrooms to ward off diseases. Commercially, being utilized for flowering and ornamental purposes, is now cultivated worldwide, mainly in Spain and Morocco, apart from France, Portugal, Greece, Algeria, Israel and the Western United States.

 

Applicable Benefits
Having a sweet, yet strongly herbal smell, the essential thyme oil is reddish-brown to amber in color. It is rich in the chemical components including a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, p-cymene, a-terpinene, linalool, borneol, b-caryophyllene, thymol and carvacrol. Owing to these, the oil is endowed with the therapeutic properties of antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, bechic, cardiac, carminative, cicatrisant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge.
Other uses of thyme oil are its flavouring applications in the processed food industry. This witnesses its crucial place in the kitchen, being used to season fish, poultry, soups, and vegetables. Further, the oil is also used for flavouring cheese, stews, stuffings, meats, dressings, sauces, and honey. The essential oil of thyme is also used to fragrance soaps and detergents, along with being used as a natural insect repellent. There are several medicinal properties of this oil that can be summarized under the following heads:

 
  • Anti Spasmodic: The essential oil of thyme is required by millions of people around the world. These include the individuals who suffer from coughs, cramps and aches due to spasm. Spasm is unwanted and excessive involuntary contraction which may take place in respiratory tracts, nerves, muscles, intestines and other organs and may result in coughs, convulsions, epileptic or hysteric attacks, cramps and muscular aches, abdominal and intestinal aches and even spasmodic cholera.
  • Anti Rheumatic: There are two main reasons behind rheumatism, arthritis and gout. The first is improper or obstructed circulation and the second one is growing concentration of toxins like uric acid in the blood stream. Thyme Essential Oil can sort out both of these problems. Being a diuretic, it increases urination and helps removal of toxins. Being a stimulant, it stimulates or activates circulation and thereby sorts out this problem too. Both ways, it helps cure rheumatism.
  • Anti Septic: It is a good anti septic and safeguards wounds and sores against infections. This is mainly due to presence of components like Caryophyllene and Camphene in this essential oil.
  • Bactericidal: The same Caryophyllene and Camphene, along with a few other components, give Thyme Essential Oil anti bacterial properties. This inhibits bacterial growth in and outside the body. It kills bacteria as well as keeps them away. This is particularly beneficial in curing bacterial infections like B-Colitis, renal colic, bacterial infections in the genitals and urethra, intestines, respiratory system etc. as well as on wounds.
  • Bechic: If you are suffering from coughs for a long time and antibiotics cannot help you anymore, then you may give this essential oil a try. Unlike when using potent antibiotics, you need not risk your kidneys, heart, liver, stomach and eyes with this oil. This is capable of curing infections in the chest (lungs, bronchi, larynx and pharynx) and stopping coughs.
  • Cardiac: This is a very important and useful property of Thyme Essential Oil in today’s context, when heart troubles are growing at an alarming rate. This oil is very beneficial for the heart. It keeps its valves functioning properly; being an anti spasmodic, it relaxes the arteries and veins and thereby reduces blood pressure as well as the stress on heart; strengthens cardiac muscles and tones up the heart, being a tonic. So, it is very good from the point of view of all round development of the heart.
  • Carminative: Gases, building up in the stomach and intestines, are not as innocent as they appear. Their effect is not limited to bad air alone. They can take your appetite and sleep away, raise your blood pressure, pose a threat to your heart, give you severe stomach aches, cramps, vomiting, headaches and nausea and in extreme cases, put your life in danger too. So, gas must be handled with care (not the cooking gas alone) and treated in time. The Thyme Essential Oil, being a carminative and an anti spasmodic, forces removal of the gases through a downward movement (the upward movement is very dangerous) and does not let them build up again.
  • Cicatrisant: This is a beautiful property of the Thyme Essential Oil and it adds to beauty too. This property makes the scars and other ugly spots on your body vanish. These include the surgical marks, marks left by accidental injuries, acne, pox, measles, sores etc.
  • Diuretic: Those who are suffering from accumulation of water in the body due to chronic renal failure or other reasons or from growing concentration of toxins and sodium salts in the blood are sure to gain from this oil. It increases urination and helps removal of excess water, salts and toxins from the body. This helps reduce weight, lower blood pressure, reduce fats and improves digestion too.
  • Emenagogue: Women must be interested in this property of Thyme Essential Oil. They have always been searching for something that could give them relief from obstructed and painful menstruations, irregular periods and untimely menopause. So, they have their answers in this oil. It opens obstructed menses, gives relief from the symptoms like abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, depression and low blood pressure etc. associated with menstruations and push away menopause too, thereby keeping women healthy, happy and fertile. This it does by stimulating production of certain hormones like estrogen.
  • Expectorant: Where there is cough and cold, there is an expectorant needed. Here is one! The Thyme Essential Oil. It helps cure infections causing cough and cold and opens congestion, thereby giving relief from cough and cold.
  • Hypertensive: You might raise your eyebrows about this medicinal property and raise a question about its benefits. But this property is no doubt beneficial, for those who are suffering from low blood pressure. They run the risk of falling unconscious anytime. This oil can normalize their blood pressure by raising it.
  • Insecticide: It keeps away insects, pests and kills them. It can be effectively used to keep away parasites on human body like mosquitoes, fleas, lice, bed-bugs, flies etc. as well as insects from the food grains and clothes like beetles, moths etc.
  • Stimulant: It stimulates circulation, digestion, nervous responses and secretion of hormones and thereby stimulating the whole metabolism.
  • Tonic: Tones up the circulatory system, heart, digestive system, nervous system, muscles and skin, fortify them and boosts immunity.
  • Vermifuge: Kills worms. You can try it on the intestinal worms (round worms and tape worms), maggots in sores and even hook worm (which does not go easily).
  • Other Benefits: Acts as a memory booster and anti depressant and helps to concentrate and helps cure sinusitis, bronchitis, anorexia, cellulite, eczema, athlete’s foot, dermatitis, insect and animal bites, stings, laryngitis, pharyngitis and other infections. Can be used to keep off bad breath and body odor.
 

Care of Precaution: The essential thyme oil is an irritant, hypertensive (increases blood pressure) and sensitizing. Thus, it should be strictly avoided during pregnancy or those having high blood pressure complexity. Make sure not to dilute more than 2% of thyme oil for usage as it may cause irritations to sensitive skins. What worse, its over dose can even stimulate the thyroid gland and lymphatic system. For massage therapy purpose, it is advised to undergo a skin patch test so as to determine an individual's sensitivity to the oil.

 
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