Multiple studies show that thyme essential oil and thymol, its active compound, contain potent antiseptic properties. As a matter of fact, most antiseptic wipes and mouth washes contain thymol in their chemical structure. Interestingly, a recent research suggests that thyme essential oil even has the ability to reduce pain. This shouldn’t come as surprise, though, as many traditional medicines have used thyme and other essential oils to alleviate pain.
STUDY CONFIRMS – a group of experts, at the Iran`s Babol University of Medical Sciences, has verified that not only thyme works as potent pain-reliever, but also alleviates pain of heavy menstruation even better compared to Ibuprofen. Study – 84 women with difficult menstruation were involved in this study. They were aged 15-24 years and were all suffering from dysmenorrhea. This condition is manifested by painful cramping which may be accompanied with symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, or back pain.
On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea means that the pain stems from another condition. The experts revealed that the definition of primary dysmenorrheal which appears within 2 years of the beginning of menarche and is not associated with pain during the other parts of the cycle. This makes sense, as painful menses is more common in younger women within their first years of the beginning of menses.
- Antiseptic – it has powerful antiseptic properties, which means that it will protect sores and wounds from infection. Its antiseptic properties are mostly due to the compounds – Caryophyllene and Camphene.
- Tonic – this herb will improve the function of the heart, digestive system, nervous system, circulatory system, muscles and the skin.
- Hypertensive – thyme is also very useful for people who suffer from low blood pressure. These people are at higher risk of feeling sluggish and falling unconscious. Thyme keeps their blood pressure balanced.
- Anti-rheumatic – the thyme essential oil solves the problem with obstructed circulation and accumulation of uric acid in the blood, which are the main causes for rheumatism, gout, and arthritis.
- Thyme is useful in treating bladder infections and UTI.
- It’s also very useful against nail fungus.
- It’s very effective against parasites.
- You can also use it as insect repellent.
- Used for vaginitis and candida.
- Thyme is a common ingredient in most natural hand sanitizers
- You can use it against insect stings and bites.
- You can also use it to relieve gout, sciatica, muscle pain, rheumatic pain, sprains and sports injuries.
- You should apply undiluted thyme essential oil on athlete`s foot, animal bites, and boils. Make sure you protect the skin with some cream.
- Massage thyme essential oil to stimulate menstruation or missing periods.
- You can use thyme as hair tonic, a face wash, or a treatment of warts and acne.
- Regular consumption of thyme has been found to increased the amount of DHA in heart, kidney, and brain cell membranes.
- Thymol, the active compound in thyme oil, will speed-up the healing process.
- Thymol protects the healthy fats in cell membranes
- You can mix thyme with lavender, cedarwood, and rosemary in a mixture of grapeseed and jojoba oils to treat alopecia areata.
- It blends well with lemon, lavender, pine, bergamot, and grapefruit.