Don’t you think it’s time for some thyme? It’s one of the most under-appreciated essential oils to be sure, and also one of the best.
Thyme is the perfect essential oil to start the year off right, I mean, the Greek work ‘thumus’ in which it was derived from, means courage, and isn’t courage exactly what we need to begin again?
Plus with it’s amazing purification properties, it’s also the perfect e.o. to start a new year.
And even the way we speak the word Thyme, it is the same as how we say Time…. it just makes it all seem so copacetic and synchronicitous… LOL (I made that word up just for this post 🙂
So, without further ado…here’s all about thyme , especially my favorite type; Thymus vulgaris c.t. Linalool (most mild type):
This Thyme essential oil has a bright lemon and eucalyptus-like top note followed by a musty, mossy, herbaceous middle note and slightly balsamic, woody undertones.
This oil blends well with: Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Cedarwood, Oregano and Rosemary Oil.
Roman soldiers soaked in a bath infused with Thyme oil before battle to absorb it’s physical healing and spiritually courageous properties.
The Middle Ages saw Thyme prescribed for a wide range of ailments including: paralysis, leprosy, body lice and as a general antimicrobial and antiviral tonic used externally and internally.
As time progressed, the uses of Thyme oil became more broad spectrum. It was employed in pre and post-surgical dressings, to prevent and kill the yellow fever virus (transmitted by mosquitoes) during WWI. More recently, it’s antioxidant properties have been explored regarding natural food preservation and studies on many forms of cancer.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Anthelmintic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiparasitic, Antiputrescent, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic (intestinal, pulmonary, genito-urinary), Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Antitoxic, Astringent, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Cictrisant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Hypertensive, Nervine, Revulsive, Rubefacient, Stimulant (immune system, circulatory), Sudorific, Tonic, Vermifuge. (See Definitions.)
First and foremost, Thyme essential oil is one of the most powerful natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents known to the medical community. According to Jean Valnet, M.D., Thyme oil kills the anthrax bacillus, the typhoid bacillus, meningococcus, and the agent responsible for tuberculosis and is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria.
- Instills spiritual fortitude
- Dispels despondency, lack of motivation and lethargy
- Revives and fortifies energy
- Can relieve depressive states of withdrawal, pessimism, insecurity and self-doubt
- Aids with cases of nervous-related disability and chronic anxiety
- Can support the alleviation of chronic fatigue
- Aids with concentration, focus and memory recension
- Stimulates white blood cell production (strengthening immune defenses)
- Increases blood flow and pressure
- Stimulates the capillaries (can aid with anemia and hair loss)
- Strengthens the heart beat
- Can aid in cleansing the vein and artery walls
- Fortifies and stimulates effective lung function
- Serves to loosen and clear chest, lung and sinus congestion
- Quells persistent coughing
- Treats bronchitis tonsillitis and laryngitis
- Quells asthmatic symptoms
- Calms nausea
- Stimulates appetite
- Eases abdominal distension and bloating
- Relieves indigestion and intestinal gas
- Combats gastroenteritis (viral stomach flu)
- Effective against gingivitis and plaque-caused organisms in the mouth (it is used in Listerine mouthwash for this reason)
- Helps eliminate excess uric acid from the body thereby treating conditions such as gout, sciatica, arthritis, and rheumatism
- Relieves pain and aches from injuries
- Warms and lubricates the joints
Application and Use
The linalool chemotype is the only Thyme variety considered safe for use with children.
Thyme oil should always be diluted for any application: 1% or less in carrier oil or water.
- Blend with Myrtle essential oil to calm spasmodic coughing.
- An aqueous solution of 5% Thyme oil is able to kill typus bactillus, colon bactillus, staphylococcus and streptococcus in a matter of minutes.
- May be used in a nebulizing diffuser or a steam inhaler in small quantities (1-10 drops).
- When combined with fenugreek, Thyme works to relieve the pain of migraine headaches.
A generally non-toxic essential oil, the main component in Thyme oil is Thymol, a powerful antiseptic that can be toxic if used improperly and has history of irritating the skin in undiluted use. A small amount should always be tested first for sensitivity or allergic reaction and careful measurement of dosage is required for topical, aromatherapy and internal uses. Avoid use if pregnant or have high blood pressure. -thank you! SynergyEssentialOils.com. for the wonderful info!
Also check out http://onlythebestherbs.com/how.php?sn=3913-2 for more info on this chemotype of thyme.
Recipe using thyme for the new year;
Try this blend for your new year-New Beginnings blend:
- 7 drops grapefruit
- 4 drops tangerine
- 4 drops lavender
- 2 drops spearmint or peppermint
- 3 drops juniper
- 4 drops Atlas cedarwood
- 8 drops thyme ct linalool
This blend can be added to many different things depending on how you want to use it.
- In a diffuser for cleansing your space.
- For a body re-fresher or spritzer add 20 drops of this blend to 4 ounces of water with a splash of vodka, shake and use anytime.
- For an anointing oil or perfume type, use 12 drops of this blend mixed with 1 ounce of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or similar.
- For a bath salt or body salt scrub, add 20 drops of the blend to 4 ounces of dead sea salts and 1-2 oz. of jojoba, sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or similar oil, mix and use as an exfoliating body scrub or soaking bath salts.
- For a take-with-you-to-go style inhaler for freshness on the go, put about 25 drops or so of this blend in a small dark glass bottle, or you can make your own aromatherapy inhaler. You can find inhalers for pretty inexpensive all over the internet. Here’s a few places:
Aromatherapy Inhaler – Plastic, Pack of 4 (w/caps & wicks)-These plastic inhalers are convenient and portable. Place a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil or Aromatherapy Blend on the wick, slip it into the base and cover. To use, simply remove the top and inhale.
More about THYME
Two wonderful Thyme essential oils from Synergy:
linalool fron France, and “Benchmark” thyme from the UK. Thyme linalool is the most gentle of the Thymus vulgaris
varieties, with potent antibacterial properties, yet a gentle nature. “Benchmark” thyme is a combination of four pure thyme essential oils of Thymus zygis
, and is certainly one of the most effective antibacterial essential oils available today.
Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris c.t. Linalool
Derived from the Greek word ‘thumus’ meaning ‘courage’, Thyme is a perennial evergreen shrub with small, stalky stems sprouting small, ovoid grey-green fragrant leaves and pale purple flowers. This Linalool chemotype is reputedly the most gentle variety and is native to the sun-exposed Spanish hills and the rocky banks of the Mediterranean sea.
About the Oil
This essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh leaves and flowering tops of French-grown Thyme plants .
Thyme Essential Oil, ct. Linalool, France
Thyme Essential Oil, ct. linalool, France, (Thymus vulgaris), part used Herb, method steam distilled, origin France, sold in weight 1 ounce to 2.20 pounds.
Linalol + Cis-4-Thujanol [30-40%]
Action: Thyme linalol is highly antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, a uterine tonic, and a cardiotonic (just as thyme CT thymol-but is gentler).
Safety Data: If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
Companion Oils: Bergamot oil, all citrus oils, Cedarwood oil, Juniper oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, Oregano oil, and Rosemary CT cineol.
Where to buy Thymus vulgaris c.t. Linalool:
- synergy essential oils; http://www.synergyessentialoils.com/thyme
- AromanticsInternational; http://www.aromaticsinternational.com/thymelinalol105?keyword=Thyme%20ct%20linalol
- amazon; thymus vulgaris ct linalool
- etsy.com; https://www.etsy.com/listing/104181796/thyme-essential-oil-ct-linalool-thymus
- Ananda Apothecary; http://www.anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/thyme-essential-oil.html
- Nature’s Sunshine Only the Best Herbs; http://onlythebestherbs.com/how.php?sn=3913-2
- BirchHillHappenings; http://birchhillhappenings.net/Thyme-vulgaris-c-t-Linalool.html
- Alabamaessential oils http://www.alabamaessentialoils.com/thyme-essential-oil-ct-linalool-france/product/eo-tlct-f-3/
I will keep updating, and please comment if you find other great places to buy thymus vulgaris ct linalol. 🙂