The name is derived from the Greek word 'Thymos' that means 'perfume' and was used as incense in Greek temples. The Egyptians used it in embalming process. It is an ancient and one of the most widely used aromatic herbs in medicine ever since ancient times. It grows abundantly in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Israel, the USSR, China and central Europe.
Thyme acts as antispasmodic, carminative, antibiotic, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic, anti-depressant analgesic, rubefacient, disinfectant and antiviral. It works well on respiratory, immune, digestive and nerve tissues. It mixes well with the following oils: Rosemary, Oregano, Lemon, Orange and Bergamot. However, this oil is a skin irritant in high concentration, hence it should not be used with epileptic conditions, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure or during pregnancy.
Uses of Thyme Oil
Strong general stimulant
It has an antiseptic effect on the respiratory tract and is useful in the treatment of colds, influenza, coughs and whooping cough.
Stimulates the digestive process.
Has a diuretic effect and is useful in the treatment of problems of the urinary tract.
Helps in cases of fatigue, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Helps treat aches and pains
Good for rheumatism
Regulates low blood pressure
Regulates scanty or absent periods
Good for circulation
Combats fluid retention
Good for dental problems
Discourages hair loss
Helps skin conditions, such as warts, dermatitis, wounds and burns