Thyme essential oil (Thymus vulgaris CT thymol) is derived from the steam distillation of the leaves, stems, and flowers of the plant. It has a fresh, herbaceous aroma to it…yes, it smells like thyme. Historically, it’s said to be that thyme was used in embalming, as well as for religious ceremonies, or funeral rites. More contemporary uses emphasize the therapeutic uses of thyme, based on its chemical components, such as phenols and terpenes.
Many studies have been done on thyme to shown it may be used to support the immune system, muscular health, joint support, respiratory wellness, and emotional support, especially with things such as infections. It can also be used in cleaning because of its purifying qualities.
Cleansing and purifying effect for the skin
Broad-spectrum activity in promoting winter-time health
Use in flavouring
For emotional and spiritual uses, Thyme essential oil has been used for everything from courage and warding off nightmares, to energizing and revitalizing the soul, aiding focus and mental clarity, and uplifting moods. It’s said to be the “oil of releasing and forgiveness”, since it’s a powerful cleanser and is thought to help a person “cleanse” blocked or stuck emotions. In this way it might help with the emotions that apply (anger, resentment, etc).
Thyme blends well and may also be substituted with Bergamot, Melaleuca, Oregano, and Rosemary essential oils.
Precautions of Thyme Essential Oil
Considered a “hot” oil. Undiluted thyme essential oil will irritate skin. Avoid during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you have high blood