Thyme

Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus vulgaris) has been used for centuries for respiratory and digestive troubles. It is one of the oldest plants on record.

It was used for pest control 3,500 years ago and the Egyptians used it for embalming. Yet, the Greeks used it medicinally, bathed in it before battle for courage and loved to cook with it!

Thyme has a spicy, warm, herbaceous aroma that is both powerful and penetrating. Best known for its antiseptic peoperties, thyme contains large amounts of thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and menthol.

It is also known for being a powerful liver detoxifier, immune system stimulant, and antimicrobial. The International Journal of Food Microbiology founf 92 percent of gram negative and positive bacterial strains could be killed using cinnamon, thyme or clove essential oil!

The Genus Species is Thymus Vulgaris CT thymol. This is important as there are seven different chemotypes of Thyme and over 300 varieties of thyme!

A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.

This is extremely important information. Remember, even though they may share some similar properties, they are not at all the same. And they are used for different purposes.

Thyme Chemotypes:
  • Thymus Vulgaris CT Thymol - This plant contains strong antiseptic properties and is 60-70 percent thymol. Harvested in the fall, it has two common names: Thyme and Red Thyme Oil.
  • Thymus Vularis CT linalol - This is considered the most gentle of the chemotypes. Its properties are parasitical and fungicidal. Grown in high altitudes, it's common name is Garden Thyme.
  • Thymus Vulgaris CT carvacrol - This plant contains strong antiseptic properties and is 30 percent carvacrol if harvested in the spring. If harvested fight after flowering or in the fall, contains 60-80percent carvacrol.
  • Thymus Vulgaris CT thujanol - This plant is an immune stimulant and balances the hormones. It is about 50 percent thujanol regardless of when it is grown. This is only founf in the wild. It's common name is Sweet Thyme.
  • Thymus Vulgaris CT alpha-terpineol - This plant with its slightly pepper smell, is harvested in the early spring.
  • Thymus Vulgaris CT geraniol - This plant with its lemon smell, is harvested in fall and grows at high altitudes.
  • Thymus Vulgaris CT 1,8 cineole - This plant is an anticatarrhal, diuretic, expectorant, analgesic and used as an insect repellent. It is about 80-90 percent cineole. An interesting fact is that is has more of the same properties as Eucalyptus Globules which contains 70-75 percent 1, 8 cineole regardless of when it is grown.
  • Thymus Vulgaris CT p-cymene - This plant must be harvested when the plant is budding in the spring or else it is considered a different chemotype, thymol CT. It is used for rheumatism and arthritis and is an analgesic.
  • Thymus Vulgaris CT phenol - Plants that are grown further north in the high latitudes are high in phenol compounds (up to 90 percent). Those plants are of this chemotype.
Thyme comes form a Latin word "vulgaris" meaning "common"

As a dietary supplement, it is one of the strongest antioxidants known. Thyme essential oil supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and other body systems. It is also a general tonic for nerves and physical fatigue, muscles and bones.* Thyme may also be used to enhance the flavor of food. Thyme has an approximate ORAC of 159,590 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter. 

Thyme is recorded is Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest Egyptian medical texts on record. Ebers Papyrus dates back to about 1550 BC and contains over 700 remedies for almost everything including cancer, asthma and of course, embalming.

Spiritual Influence: It is used to establish a sense or a feeling of direction for the spirit. This makes sense as to why the Greek soldiers valued it and would not battle without it. Not only did it give them the physical energy to endure, but also the mental and spiritual understanding to follow their destiny and vision even if it was a possible negative outcome.

If one is feeling apprehensive or unsure, this oil may emotionally support your needs and directions.

Pets: It has been documented in several books to use Thyme Oil directly after tick bites to prevent Lyme disease.

Thyme Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil is also one of the oils used in Raindrop Technique.




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