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immune boosting thyme essential oil: find out more

Ethna Parker PhD 🌱 the essential researcher

· Essential Oils

Thyme has been used since antiquity as incense in holy temples, in ancient embalming practices, and for warding off nightmares and due to its soft herbal scent, it is just as popular today. Thyme essential oil is high in thymol which has a cleansing and purifying effect on the skin. Because of the prominent presence of thymol, however, Thyme oil should be diluted with a carrier before applying topically. Thyme essential oil is commonly used to add flavor to savory foods and can also be taken internally to support a healthy immune system. This great all-rounder of an oil also has the ability to repel insects naturally.

Thyme oil uses and benefits

  1. Thyme oil has a stimulating aroma, add it to your favorite mid-day diffuser blend to promote a sense of alertness. 
  2. Thyme oil has a cleansing and purifying effect on skin making it ideal oil for skin care. Add one to two drops to your favourite carrier oil or skin cream and apply where needed.
  3. Taken internally, Thyme oil supports a healthy immune system. Add two drops to a veggie cap and take when you need an immune boost.
  4. Thyme oil contains chemical properties that naturally repel insects. To keep those bugs away, place a couple of drops of Thyme oil on a cotton ball and put it in corners where those little creeping crawlies are sure to hide. When gardening, roll diluted Thyme oil on your wrists and neck to keep bugs and insects at bay. 
  5. Add a fresh herbal flavor to your food by adding one to two drops of Thyme essential oil to any savory dish. 
  6. Reduce the number of toxic chemicals in your home by stashing your essential oils in the kitchen. Reach for your oils instead of chemically-laced cleaners to clean and sanitise surfaces and remove unpleasant odors - naturally. 

Fun fact

In the Middle Ages, Thyme was given to knights and warriors before they went into battle by ladies as it was thought to impart courage to its bearer.

Plant description

Thymus vulgaris, is a small perennial plant. It is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to southern Europe from the western Mediterranean to southern Italy. It has many woody stems that are covered with tiny hairs. The leaves of the thyme plant are ovate and are slightly rolled at the edges. They also have hairy undersides. The tiny flowers that bloom from the plant are bluish purple to pink in colour. Fruits also grow from the plant in the form of four tiny, seed-like nutlets. dōTERRA’s Thyme essential oil is steam distilled from the leaf of the plant.

Chemistry of Thyme oil

Main Chemical Components: Thymol, para-cymene, γ-terpinene

The main chemical component of Thyme essential oil is thymol. Thymol has a monoterpene backbone and is part of the phenols functional group. Thymol contains warming properties.

Italian summer diffuser blend

3-4 drops Lemon

2 drops Cilantro

1 drop Thyme

Oils that blend well with Thyme oil

Thyme oil blends well with Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Rosemary, Oregano and Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oils.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

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