Thyme is an aromatic plant from the Mediterranean rim, known for millennia since the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans used it in various forms. There are over 200 varieties of thymes including thyme thymol, thyme thuyanol, thyme linalool and thyme borneol. These four main varieties are used to extract essential oil, with each of the characteristics quite different.
Thanks to a very high level of thymol, thyme thymol is distinguished from other thymes by being a powerful anti-infectious for the whole body but also an excellent immune and cerebral stimulant.
A powerful anti-infectious
The main components present in thyme thymol essential oil are phenols, including thymol (about 45%), molecules known to be anti-infectious and antifungal.
Saying an essential oil is anti-infectious means it helps to treat infections, mainly microbial. The action of phenols is done by acting directly on the germs and bacteria. The thyme thymol essential oil is therefore naturally antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic.
A respiratory tract anti-infectious
Thyme thymol essential oil provides excellent results in the treatment of respiratory infections such as bronchitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, flu, sore throat, cough and nasopharyngitis.
A skin anti-infectious
The anti-infectious and anti-fungal properties of phenols help to treat skin infections such as mycoses, wounds, warts, eczema, impetigo, abscesses and dermatoses.
An intestinal and digestive anti-infectious
Thyme thymol essential oil is particularly effective in relieving intestinal infections such as dysentery, gastroenteritis, colitis, infectious diarrhea and amoebiasis.
A urinary anti-infectious
Thyme thymol essential oil is also used to treat urinary infections such as cystitis, kidney infection, prostatitis and urethritis.
Immune and cerebral stimulant
Thyme thymol essential oil is known for its effectiveness in toning and stimulating the mind and the immune system. Combined with the anti-infectious properties of thymol, this essential oil helps to fight against physical fatigue, psychic fatigue and flu-like conditions.
Chemical composition of the thyme thymol essential oil
Thyme thymol essential oil has a chemical composition dominated by phenols (thymol and carvacrol). The main compounds of this essential oil are:
_ Para cymene
_ Gamma terpinene
_ Beta caryophyllene
The best way to use this essential oil is in massage or diffusion. In massage, add 5 to 10 drops to a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil. Do not apply undiluted directly to the skin.
In diffusion, it can be used strongly diluted in water.
Thyme thymol essential oil mixes very well with ravintsara, tea tree, lemon and citrus essential oils.
Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris L. thymoliferum
Common names: Thyme
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Color: Colorless to light yellow
Country of origin: France
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Plant parts used: Outside parts of the plant
Essential oils are concentrated and should be used with caution. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with the eyes.
Phenols are dermocaustic, aggressive to the skin. It is important to heavily dilute this essential oil (maximum 5%) with a carrier oil for all skin applications. Never use undiluted.
In diffusion, it is necessary to heavily dilute the thyme thymol essential oil, maximum 5%.
It is not recommended to ingest this essential oil without the prior advice of a doctor.
Since it contains linalool, it can cause an allergic reaction in topical use.
Do not use if pregnant, nursing and for children under 6 years of age. If suffering from any medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner before using.
Do feel free to ask for further information and applications.
DISCLAIMER: Essential oils are not meant to cure diseases and illnesses. They may ease some health problems and bring comfort. We suggest you consult a physician and do your own research for each essential oil that interests you.
To get more safety information, read our article about the risks of using essential oils.