Thyme destroys strep throat, the flu virus and fights respiratory infections
Thyme is part of the mint family and is native to the Mediterranean basin.
According to Christine Ruggeri, certified therapist in holistic health:
“The oldest Egyptian medical text, called Ebers Papyrus, dates back to 1550 BC. AD, and he mentions the therapeutic values of thyme. The ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming and the ancient Greeks used it in their baths and temples; they believed it provoked feelings of courage.
In European Middle Ages, thyme was placed under cushions to help sleep and prevent nightmares; the grass was also placed on coffins at the funeral because it was believed to provide a safe passage to the next life. "
It has a rich, strong and herbaceous aroma, and its name comes from the Greek word "thymos" which means "to perfume".
“As thyme is grown in many environments, climates and soils, there are more than 300 varieties with different chemotypes. Although they are all alike, the chemical composition and the health benefits are different. The main constituents of thyme essential oil are generally alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene, para-cymene, alpha-terpinene, linalool, beol-caryophyllene , thymol and carvacrol. "
Depending on the location of the plant, these chemical components of the plant's distilled oil vary. For beginners, Thymus vulgaris ct linalol is the best oil because it is not irritating to the skin and can be used freely by the elderly and children. Other popular oils are thymus vulgaris ct thujanol, thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol and thymus vulgaris ct thymol.
Here are some of the properties of the most common thyme chemotypes, described in an article published on The Truth About Cancer website:
Thymus vulgaris ct thymol - Between 60 and 70% of thymol, this chemotype has strong antiseptic properties. It contains a lot of antioxidants, as well as powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits.
Thymus vulgaris ct linalool - One of the sweetest of the thyme chemotypes, it generally grows at high altitude and has powerful antifungal and antiparasitic properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol - Between 30 and 80% carvacrol (depending on the time of harvest), it also has powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving) and antioxidant properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct 1,8 cineole - Is composed of 80-90% cineole, with an interesting range of advantages. It is a good expectorant (liberator of phlegm), diuretic (increases the expulsion of urine) and has analgesic properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct thujanol - About 50% thujanol, this chemotype is known to support the immune system. It is mainly found in nature.
Thyme oil has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, diuretic, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. It therefore detoxifies the body, strengthens the immune system, destroys microbes and promotes the formation of white blood cells.
Thyme has a multitude of health benefits, as follows:
- It stimulates blood circulation to speed up healing, improves memory and concentration, and increases blood pressure.
- Its powerful antibacterial properties kill various bacteria, including staphylococcus, and purify the air from proteus, streptococci, staphylococci and cryptococci.
- It fights respiratory infections, coughs, colds and flu, bronchitis, sore throats, catarrh, asthma and laryngitis.
- It is a powerful natural remedy in the event of physical and psychological weakness, because it regenerates the body and the spirit. So use it to treat chronic fatigue, depression, insomnia and speed up recovery after illness.
- Thyme essential oil stimulates the secretion of mucus and relieves dry cough
In addition, this amazing essential oil offers countless other medicinal properties, such as:
You can use it as a natural hand sanitizer and as a warm compress to relieve rheumatic pain, sciatica, sprains, muscle pain, sports injuries and gout.
Dilute it and apply it on the affected area to relieve athlete's foot and insect bites.
To improve the health and appearance of hair, use it on the hair as a hair tonic
Mix it with other essential oils such as pine, lemon, lavender, rosemary and grapefruit to avoid skin irritation.
It destroys nail fungus, candida and vaginitis
It fights bladder and urinary tract infections
Regular consumption increases the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid) in the brain, kidneys and cell membranes in the heart.
To treat alopecia, combine it with lavender, rosemary and cedarwood in a mixture of jojoba oils and grape seeds and massage the scalp daily.
To treat acne and warts, you can use it as a facial cleanser
Take a bath with several drops of this oil to treat irregular or weak menstruation