Benefits of Thyme Oil

08/10/2013 admin Essential Oil Profiles



What is the Genus Species? Thymus vulgaris CT thymol

Why is this information important? There are seven different chemotypes of Thyme and over 300 varieties of thyme!

So this is definitely a plant you need to know a little information when selecting thyme essential oils!

chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.

This is extremely important information. Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. And they are used for different purposes.

Thyme Chemotypes-

  • Thymus vulgaris CT thymol – This plant contains strong antiseptic properties and is 60-70 percent thymol. Harvested in the fall. It has two common names: Thyme and Red Thyme oil.
  • Thymus vulgaris CT linalol – This is considered the most gentle of the chemotypes. Its properties are parasiticidal and fungicidal. Grown in high altitudes. Its common name is Garden Thyme.
  • Thymus vulgaris CT carvacrol – This plant contains strong antiseptic properties and is 30 percent carvacrol if harvested in the spring. Harvested right after flowering or in the fall, contains 60-80 percent carvacrol.
  • Thymus vulgaris CT thujanol – This plant is an immune stimulant and balances the hormones. It is about 50 percent thujanol regardless of when it is grown. This is only found in the wild. Its common name is Sweet Thyme.
  • Thymus vulgaris CT alpha-terpineol – This plant with its slightly pepper smell, is harvested in the early spring.
  • Thymus vulgaris CT geraniol – This plant with its lemon smell, is harvested in fall and grows at high altitudes.
  • Thymus vulgaris CT 1,8 cineole – This plant is an anticatarrhal, diuretic, expectorant, analgesic and used as an insect repellent. It is about 80-90 percent cineole. In interesting fact is that it has most of the same properties as Eucalyptus globules which contains 70-75 percent 1, 8 cineole regardless of when it is grown.
  • Thymus vulgaris CT p-cymene – this plant must be harvested when the plant is budding in the spring or else it is considered a different chemotype, thymol CT. It is used for rheumatism and arthritis and is an analgesic.
  • Thymus vulgaris CT phenol – Plants that are grown further north in the high latitudes are high in phenol compounds (up to 90 percent). Those plants are of this chemotype.

Where is the name derived from? Thyme comes from a Latin word “vulgaris” meaning “common”.

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves, stems and flowers

What is the ORAC Value? 15,960 µTE/100g

Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Blueberries = 2,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that Thyme is recorded in Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest Egyptian medical texts on record ? Ebers Papyrus dates to about 1550 BC and contains over 700 remedies for almost everything including cancer, asthma and of course, embalming.

What are the Plant Properties? Antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-aging.

What are the Documented Benefits and Uses of Thyme? Cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, anthrax, asthma, bronchitis, hepatitis, infectious disease, dermatitis, psoriasis, tuberculosis, snoring, hair, hair loss, general tonic for nerves and stomach, rheumatism, physical fatigue, muscles and bones.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It can be mentally stimulating and helps concentration. Is uplifting especially when fatigued, or when recovering from illness. Strong aromatic scent, herbaceous and medicinal.

What is the Spiritual Influence? I have often read that thyme is used to establish a sense or a feeling of direction for the spirit. This makes sense to me why then the Greek soldiers valued it and wouldn’t battle without it.

Not only did it give them the physical energy to endure, but also the mental and spiritual understanding to follow their destiny and vision even if it was a possible negative outcome.

Therefore, if we are feeling apprehensive, off course or unsure, this oil may emotionally support your needs and direction.

What Chakra is Affected? Heart and solar plexus chakras.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Green.

How do I use it?

Use diluted – 20:80 dilution (one part essential oil: four parts of vegetable oil). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
  • Diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement.

Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No

Can Thyme Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however, use diluted and with caution.

However, it has been documented in several books to use Thyme oil directly after tick bites to prevent Lyme disease. Therefore, if your dog gets a tick bite, you may want to use it in this manner.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular that are not of therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Thyme essential oil is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) and allowed as a Food Additive (FA) for internal consumption by the FDA.

However, those with high blood pressure should use caution using this oil. Additionally, children under 18 months and pregnant women or women who are breast feeding should NOT use this oil. Children under 6 years old should not use Thyme as a dietary supplement.

May be an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that 0.05% concentrations of thyme oil, kills 8 different bacteria that cause gingivitis, bad breath and tooth decay?

Did you know that the Sumerians used Thyme over 3,500 years ago and burned it as a fumigant (pest control)?

Did you know that Thyme oil has been used to combat the lethal bacteria Anthrax?

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