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
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.
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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