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13 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin

Thyme Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Thyme oil's healing properties have been well documented for thousands of years.

Thyme Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Thyme oil has a history of use dating all the way back to one of the world’s oldest medical texts.

Native to Southern Europe, thyme’s healing properties were already global by the year 1550 BCE, when they were recorded in the oldest Egyptian medical document, the Ebers Papyrus. Many ancient civilisations used thyme for promote health, inspire courage and even guard against bad dreams. Thousands of years later, the incredible healing properties of thyme are still recognised, and thyme oil remains a popular ingredient in many facial cleansers, toothpastes, and mouthwashes.

Thyme essential oil has strong cleaning properties.

Thyme oil has been found to have incredibly strong antibacterial abilities. A study in 2011 tested the oil against a whopping 120 strains of bacteria and found that thyme oil showed very strong activity against all clinical strains. What’s more, the oil even showed activity against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. This is encouraging as it suggests that thyme essential oil may be able to protect against infections that even modern medicine can’t combat.

It is thought that thyme’s antibacterial abilities are due to the presence of caryophyllene and camphene in the oil, two components with strong cleaning properties. Thyme oil can protect against infections manifesting both on the skin and in the body. It may even act as a vermifuge, which means that it may kill intestinal parasites.

Adding a few drops of thyme oil to a spray bottle of water can make a great homemade cleaning product. You should always speak to a medical professional before deciding to take thyme oil internally.

It’s an antioxidant.

A study in 2000 showed that thyme oil had strong antioxidant abilities, allowing it to protect the body from harm caused by free radicals. Free radicals can cause oxidising damage throughout the body, which can increase the risk of serious diseases. Antioxidants such as thyme oil can reduce these risks and prevent free radicals from causing damage to cells.

It balances hormones.

Thyme oil has been found to offer relief from low mood, menopause symptoms, and other conditions caused by an imbalance in hormones. A study in 1998 found that thyme oil is very effective at improving progesterone production in the body. Low progesterone has been linked to an unstable mood, as well as a range of other conditions, and can cause more severe menopause symptoms. Inhaling thyme oil can stimulate the production of progesterone and lessen theses symptoms.

It’s great for skin.

Thyme essential oil has a number of great benefits for skin. With its strong antibacterial properties, it can protect the skin from infections and deeply cleanse pores to get rid of any harmful microorganisms. Its antioxidant abilities can also benefit the skin. Antioxidants get rid of toxins in the body that can stress the skin and cause breakouts, and they are also said to slow the aging process, leading to more youthful-looking skin.

    The healing properties of thyme oil may be an ancient secret, but they’re not a well-kept one, and the restorative powers of this herbal oil are now more accessible than ever. Thyme oil works hard to keep us safe and healthy, and as an added bonus can leave our skin glowing.

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