Organic Thyme Essential Oil

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Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a member of the mint family of plants. There are over 300 different varieties of thyme worldwide and historians believe that the ancient Sumerians used thyme over 3,500 years ago. The Egyptians used thyme in their embalming process, while ancient Greeks used thyme as a culinary herb and to disinfect the air and prevent the spread of disease, and Roman soldiers bathed in thyme before entering battle.

Thyme has both culinary and medicinal uses. Thyme is used as a stem or stalk as a savory herb in cooking, or distilled to produce an essential oil. Historically, oil of thyme has been used to treat a range of symptoms and complaints including diarrhea, indigestion, arthritis, and sore throat.

Today we find thyme essential oil used for:

Colds and Flu – Use the oil in your diffuser (vaporizer) and inhale, or blend thyme oil with a carrier oil and massage your chest, neck and head. Thyme oil has antibiotic and antimicrobial properties that can also help protect others in your family from the virus.

Muscle Fatigue – Bathing with essential oils is a relaxing way to loosen up and soothe sore, stiff muscles. Add six to twelve drops to your bath.

Arthritis – To help relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis, use an oil diffuser by your bed and diffuse thyme essential oil while you sleep. You can also use thyme oil topically when it is blended with a carrier oil, directly onto your painful joints. Or add six to twelve drops to your bath before bed.

Sore Throat – Thyme essential oil can help soothe your sore throat, reduce inflammation, and clear away mucus. Thyme oil is also one of the strongest, natural antimicrobials, making it a serious weapon against bacterial infections causing your sore throat. Use thyme oil in a gargle, two drops of in a glass of water, or mix in carrier oil and apply to the chest and throat. An oil diffuser near your bed at night will also promote healing.

Whooping Cough – Thyme essential oil is one of the most commonly recommended herbs in Europe for the treatment of dry coughs and whooping cough (pertussis). To treat your cough, use your essential oil diffuser to help the thyme oil evaporate into the air to be inhaled. Or mix the thyme oil with a carrier oil and rub it onto your chest and neck regularly.

Acne – There is growing evidence that thyme oil is effective in reducing acne-causing bacteria on your skin. Dilute thyme essential oil in water or a water-based emulsion before using directly on your skin.

CAUTIONS: Essential oils are extremely potent, concentrated, and undiluted. Thyme essential oil may irritate your nasal membranes if inhaled directly from your diffuser or directly from the bottle. When using thyme (or any) essential oils, they should be diluted with a safe “carrier” oil before direct application. Dilute one part thyme essential oil with four parts mixing (carrier) oil such as rosemary, geranium, grapefruit, frankincense, clary sage, ginger, palmarosa, hyssop, myrtle, eucalyptus, cypress, pine, oregano, lemon, orange or bergamot.

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