Thyme oil is an essential oil that is also used in aromatherapy sessions, significantly relaxing one in mind and body. This kind of oil comes in two variants―sweet and red thyme oil.
Thyme oil is extracted from the plant Thymus vulgaris. It is taken from the flowers and leaves of the plant by a process known as steam distillation. Light or sweet thyme oil is a product of double distillation, whereas red, is obtained from crude distillation.
The Greeks used thyme as incense besides adding it to their bath. The Romans too were fond of the strong herb, using it as an enriching ingredient to bring out the taste of wine and cheese. The following benefits will reveal the effectual properties of this oil.
- It is an active ingredient in not just toothpastes and cosmetics, but mouthwashes too. Gargling with a thyme-infused mouthwash helps to control the presence of plaque, and treats oral conditions like gingivitis and tooth decay.
- It works favorably for those who have nail fungus, where Candida is to blame for the infection. While other methods will prove to be a tad expensive when treating it, using thyme oil after consulting with a doctor, is a fairly better treatment option.
- The element thymol present in the oil, acts an antiviral agent that can suppress the symptoms of a cough or cold. Mixing a few drops of the oil in hot water and inhaling its steam, will help clear one's nasal and throat passages.
- Thyme oil acts as a cicatrisant and can clear up blemishes, spots, and scars.
- It can help fend off ear infections, whether fungal or bacterial.
- It acts as a diuretic, thus increasing urine flow.
- Because it is antispasmodic in nature, it can help alleviate cramps or spasms by relaxing one's muscles.
- It acts as a stimulant for those who experience a loss of appetite.
- Besides being able to mask bad breath, it can cure a sore throat, swollen tonsils, bronchitis, and even laryngitis.
While some illnesses will require consuming thyme oil, others like skin conditions, can be treated by directly applying the oil to the problematic area. It can slow down blood clotting, resulting in bleeding and bruising when coupled with medication that also minimizes blood clotting. Pregnant and breast-feeding women can safely consume thyme oil during meals, but it is not recommended to consume it as a medication. It is advisable not to consume thyme two weeks prior to a planned surgery, for fear of executing its effects of slowing-down blood clotting.