One of the most familiar and commonly used seasoning, Thyme’s properties of clarifying and cleansing have been used for centuries. Because of its wide-spread cleansing properties, this oil is used during the winter to promote overall health. This oil is harvested through steam distillation from the flowers, leaves, and stems of the plant.
In Egypt, Thyme was used for embalming, in Greece it was used against infectious diseases, and in France it is used for most respiratory issues and some skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and dyspepsia. Others have also used it for digestive issues and for symptoms related to viral and bacterial infections as it affects the immune system, and muscles and bones.
When diffused, this fresh and herbaceous essential oil energizes your body when feeling physically weak or stressed. It also uplifts emotions, including relieving depression. When taken internally, Thyme can be diluted in 2 tsps honey with 1 drop of oil or 4 oz of beverage. It can also be taken in a capsule. For skin infections, it can be applied to area of concern or reflex points. Use with caution when pregnant or with sensitive skin or young children. This oil can particularly irritate the dermal tissue and mucous membranes.
Thyme enhances other oils that it is blended with. Recommended oils are Oregano, Bergamot, Melalecua, and Rosemary.