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Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 7, 2012

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used a preparation containing thyme essential oil to preserve mummies? Yes, thyme essential oil has been in use for quite some time. The ancient Greeks used thyme in their baths and they burned it as incense in their temples because they believed it was a source of courage. During the middle ages, the use of thyme was spread by the Romans throughout Europe. They used it for everything from aiding their sleep and fighting nightmares to flavoring cheese and liqueurs.

We now know that thyme kills bacteria and fungi so we can see why it was used for those purposes during the middle ages. Thyme has significant antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic properties and must be used with a carrier oil – never directly on the skin and not on children unless under the care of a practitioner. Overusing thyme essential oil can stimulate the thyroid gland and the lymphatic system.

Thyme is in the essential oil aromatherapy pharmacy because of its potent antiviral qualities. During the flu season, thyme does a powerful job when used with an essential oil diffuser in the sick person’s room. Native Americans used poultices made of thyme for its antiseptic properties when treating skin infections and minor wounds. Thyme is used in the treatment of a number of conditions including whooping cough, rheumatism, neuralgia, fatigue, acne, and warts. It is also very useful in keeping parasites and insects out of your home. Thyme essential oil is another versatile ingredient to keep in your aromatherapy pharmacy.


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