We all know thyme as an excellent way to make chicken taste amazing, but this lemony earthy herb can also spice up your life in many other ways. Thyme was given to knights and warriors before they went into battle in the Middle Ages because it was known as the oil of courage. When diffused it adds a refreshing aroma to your home… and mosquitoes can’t stand it! I like to diffuse it if I’m feeling a bit lethargic in the middle of the day.
What is thyme essential oil?
The thyme plant, (scientific name: Thymus vulgaris), is a small perennial plant from the mint family. It’s made up of woody stems that are covered with tiny hairs. Thyme is native to southern Europe, from the western Mediterranean to southern Italy. Thyme essential oil is steam extracted from the leaf of the thyme plant.
The main chemical component of thyme essential oil is thymol. Thymol is a monoterpene. It contains warming properties. Another of thyme important constituents is carvacrol. This also contains antioxidant properties. Both thymol and carvacrol are cleansing and purifying.
Where does thyme essential oil come from?
The benefits of thyme have been recognised across the Mediterranean for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks used it in their baths and temples. In the Middle Ages, it was placed beneath pillows to help promote peaceful sleep, thyme was used to ward off nightmares.
Interestingly, the herb was also laid on coffins during funerals because it was believed that it provided a safe passage to the next life.
The benefits of thyme have been recognised across the Mediterranean for thousands of years.
What are the benefits of using thyme essential oil?
Thyme is a potent essential oil with refreshing and calming properties. It has a spicy and warm aroma that’s powerful and penetrating. It is often used for aromatic purposes because of its active substance carvacrol.
Thyme oil is also a terrific companion for walking in the bush or gardening as it keeps away pests and parasites, such as mosquitoes, fleas and lice and, if you didn’t get to the thyme oil quickly enough, you can also use it to support relief from insect bites and stings!
Topical application of thymol:
Due to the prominent presence of thymol, thyme essential oil MUST be diluted with a carrier oil, such as doTERRA Fractionated Coconut oil, before application. As always with some of these stronger oils, use with full awareness and caution around strength. Use less than you think you need to start with, ALWAYS dilute it in a carrier oil and build up your confidence with topical application over time. If you have a medical condition and have questions about using essential oils, please seek out a health-care professional who understands your questions and needs.
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Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, doTERRA nor Pete Evans recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use. Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician.
doTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent and doTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare. There is also additional education and training provided on the doTERRA website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.