Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.
An incredibly useful asset in medicine, cosmetics and aromatherapy, here’s all you need to know about Thyme Essential Oil to get the most out of this wonder ingredient.
Benefits of Thyme Essential Oil
1. Combat respiratory problems
Whether it’s the common cold, a cough, flu or even bronchitis, Thyme Essential Oil works to drain congestion and kill infections in the chest to help you breathe more easily.
Dr Couic Marinier adds, “thyme oil is particularly useful and effective when treating more sensitive children with respiratory problems”.
2. Stimulate circulation
Thyme Essential Oil contains stimulating compounds which improve blood circulation. With this, areas which are in need of healing are oxygenated and toxins are flushed out to help you look and feel better.
For the ultimate detox, also look to Essential Oils such as lemon oil and lavender oil.
3. Promote heart health
With its properties as a stimulant and an antispasmodic, Thyme Essential Oil can regulate blood pressure. Furthermore, thyme oil acts as a tonic, strengthening cardiac muscles and toning up the heart to keep valves functioning properly and blood flowing efficiently.
4. Ease stress and anxiety
Thyme Essential Oil has the ability to relax the body and open up your lungs, veins and mind to relieve stress and anxiety.
Thyme oil can also help to regulate hormones to help you feel more relaxed and boost your mood, just like rose oil, clary sage oil and peppermint oil.
“Every single study on Thyme Essential Oil agrees on its antiseptic properties”, says Dr. Couic Marinier.
Due to its antibacterial compounds such as caryophyllene and camphene, Thyme Essential Oil kills infection, both in the body and on the skin.
What is Thyme Essential Oil used for?
Thyme Essential Oil’s antibacterial properties are an exceptional element for cleansing skin (especially acne) to leave it more purified than ever.
By boosting circulation, Thyme Essential Oil helps to stimulate blood flow to leave your skin glowing and youthful. It will also help to flush out toxins and to heal blemishes and scars to leave skin radiant and even.
Thyme Essential Oil is renowned for its soothing properties. For a complexion that suffers from rosacea, irritation, blemishes or inflammation, thyme oil works to heal these conditions and help skin to look and feel healthy.
If your skin needs an intense dose of soothing power, other Essential Oils like chamomile oil can also be highly effective.
Where does Thyme Essential Oil come from?
With its origins in France, the Mediterranean regions and other parts of southern Europe, Thyme Essential Oil has been widely used for centuries to soothe the mind, body and soul.
History of Thyme Essential Oil
The word thyme derives from the Greek word ‘thymos’ meaning ‘perfume’, denoting the rich fragrance of the plant.
The Ancient Egyptians used thyme as one of the steps in the embalming and mummification process.
Medieval herbalists revered thyme for its ability to ward off evil spirits and bad dreams. It was even tucked under pillows to promote deeper, calmer sleep.
Facts about Thyme Essential Oil
Shapes and forms
There are over 300 different types of thyme.
According to Dr Couic Marinier, “the type of Essential Oil created depends on a variety of factors from geographical location and altitude to the amount of sunlight, humidity and rain it’s subjected to”.
For centuries, thyme has been thought to instil courage and strength. In fact, Roman soldiers would bathe in thyme before heading to battle and the bravest knights wore scarves embroidered with thyme.
An unexpected ingredient
Thyme Essential Oil contains an element called thymol: a powerful antiseptic and an ingredient which is often found in popular mouthwashes such as Listerine.
Give both your skin and your health a boost with rejuvenating and soothing Thyme Essential Oil.