Thyme Oil

Thyme Oil Origin

Thyme originates from the Greek word 'thymos,' and it means 'perfume.' It was used as an incense in Ancient Greek temples while the Egyptians used it in the embalming process.

It is botanically referred to as Thymus Vulgaris.

The therapeutic properties come mainly from the essential oil which is extracted through steam distillation of leaves and fresh flowers.

The main chemical components of thyme essential oil are alpha terpinene, alpha thujone, borneol, camphene, alpha pinene, linalool, beta pinene, para cymene, beta caryophyllene, carvacrol and thymol

Thyme Oil Benefits

It has restorative properties that are diuretic, antiseptic, bactericidal, expectorant, bechic, antirheumatic, carminative, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, cicatrisant, vermifuge, tonic and a stimulant.

Thyme oil acts as an anti depressant and helps cure anorexia, athlete’s foot, bronchitis, cellulite, dermatitis, eczema, animal and insect bites, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, stings and other infections. It Can also be used to keep off body odour and bad breath.

It blends well with the following essential oils: Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit, Pine and Rosemary.

Thyme Extract Versus Benzoyl Peroxide

Thyme Acne Treatment - An Effective Treatment for Acne

Thyme extract may be more effective than benzoyl peroxide which is found in many anti-acne washes and creams. This was the study carried out by scientists/researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University and presented at the Society for General Microbiology's 2012 Spring Conference in Dublin.

The researchers analysed the effect of myrrh, marigold and thyme tinctures on Propionibacterium acnes, the bacterium that triggers acne breakouts by infecting the pores of the skin and causing spots.

The researchers learned that whilst all the preparations killed the bacterium after being exposed for five minutes, thyme was the most effective of the three.

They also found that the thyme tincture had a greater antibacterial effect than the standard benzoyl peroxide concentrations.

A solution, known as tincture, is made using herbs and plants, and for days or weeks it is steeped in alcohol, so that the different compounds are extracted from the plant.

Skin irritation and burning sensation are not unusual with the use of benzoyl peroxide. Alternatively, herbal preparations are less harsh on the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

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