Thyme essential oil, from the leaves and flowers of the herb Thymus vulgaris, is a beautiful oil with a fresh herbal scent that is popular in aromatherapy.
This oil contains components known as thymol, caryophyllene and camphene which provide antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, decongestant and calming properties. It is a wonderful oil to use topically for infections, inflammation, acne, sores, cuts, burns, and dental and gum pain.
When used aromatically, thyme oil can relieve congestion and treat cold symptoms, promote calm, relieve stress, and repel mosquitoes and other pests like lice and fleas.
Directions for use
To use topically, blend 2-3 drops of thyme oil with a carrier oil and apply it to the skin, nails, muscles, and joints to treat infections and relieve inflammation. Add 2-3 drops of oil to a warm bath to soothe fatigue, menstrual cramps, and sore muscles.
Make a pain-relieving and anti-microbial mouthwash by adding 2 drops to a cup of warm water.
Use thyme oil aromatically by adding 2-3 drops to an oil burner or diffuser.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.