Health Benefits of Thyme Essential Oil

The health benefits of thyme essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antispasmodic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, bactericidal, bechic, cardiac, carminative, cicatrisant, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge substance.

Thyme is a common herb and is generally used as a condiment or spice. Besides that, thyme is also used in herbal and domestic medicines. Thyme is botanically known as Thymus Vulgaris.

The medicinal properties of thyme come mainly from its essential oils which are extracted through steam distillation of fresh flowers and leaves. The chief constituents of its essential oil are Alpha Thujone, Alpha Pinene, Camphene, Beta Pinene, Para Cymene, Alpha Terpinene, Linalool, Borneol, Beta Caryophyllene, Thymol and Carvacrol.

Health Benefits of Thyme Essential Oil

Its medicinal properties are explained below.
Antispasmodic: Millions of people around the world suffer from coughs, cramps and aches due to spasms. Spasms are unwanted and excessive involuntary contractions which may take place in the respiratory tracts, nerves, muscles, intestines or other organs and may result in coughs, convulsions, epileptic or hysterical attacks, cramps and muscular aches, abdominal and intestinal aches, and even spasmodic cholera.

Antirheumatic: There are two main reasons behind rheumatism, arthritis and gout. The first is improper or obstructed circulation and the second one is an increasing concentration of toxins like uric acid in the blood stream. Thyme essential oil can sort out both of these problems. Since it is a diuretic, it increases urination and helps in the removal of toxins from the body. Being a stimulant, it stimulates or activates circulation and thereby sorts out this problem in a separate way. Both ways helps cure rheumatism, and related conditions like arthritis.

Antiseptic: Thyme essential oil is a good antiseptic and safeguards wounds and sores against infections. This is mainly due to the presence of components like Caryophyllene and Camphene in thyme.

Bactericidal: The same Caryophyllene and Camphene, along with a few other components, give thyme essential oil antibacterial properties. This inhibits bacterial growth within and outside of the body. It kills bacteria as well as keeps them away from the organs in the body. This is particularly beneficial in curing bacterial infections like B-Colitis, renal colic, bacterial infections in the genitals and urethra, intestines, and respiratory system as well as the external exposure of wounds.

Tonic:  Thyme essential oil also tones up the circulatory system, heart, digestive system, nervous system, muscles, and skin while fortifying them and boosting immunity.

Thyme essential oilCardiac: This is a very important and useful property of thyme essential oil in today’s context, when heart troubles are growing at an alarming rate. This oil is very beneficial for the heart. It keeps the valves functioning properly, while being an anti spasmodic, it relaxes the arteries and veins and thereby reduces blood pressure and stress on the heart. Furthermore, it strengthens cardiac muscles and tones up the heart, since it is a tonic. Basically, thyme essential oil is good for every part of heart health.

Carminative: Gases that build up in the stomach and intestines are not as innocent as they appear. Their effect is not limited to unpleasant odors alone. They can rob you of your appetite and sleep, raise your blood pressure, pose a threat to your heart, give you severe stomach aches, cramps, vomiting, headaches and nausea. In certain extreme cases, excessive gas can even put your life in danger too. Therefore, gas must be handled with care and treated in a timely manner. Thyme essential oil, being a carminative and an antispasmodic, forces the removal of gases through downward movement (upward movement is very dangerous) and does not let them build up again.

Diuretic: Those who are suffering from an accumulation of water in the body due to chronic renal failure or from growing concentration of toxins and salts in the blood are sure to benefit from this essential oil. It increases urination and helps in the removal of excess water, salts and toxins from the body. This helps reduce weight, lower blood pressure, reduce fats and improve digestion as well.

Emenagogue: Women should be very interested in this property of thyme essential oil. Women are always searching for something that can give them relief from obstructed and painful menstruation, irregular periods and premature menopause.  They have found their answer in this oil. It opens obstructed menses, gives relief from the symptoms like abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, depression and low blood pressure that is associated with menstruation. It can also delay menopause, thereby keeping women healthy, happy and fertile. The essential oil does all of this by stimulating the production of certain hormones like estrogen.

Cicatrisant: This is a tremendous property of thyme essential oil. This property makes scars and other ugly spots on your body vanish. These include the surgical marks, marks left by accidental injuries, acne, pox, measles, and sores.

Expectorant: When you are suffering from colds and coughs, you need to find an expectorant. Thyme essential oil is a great one! It helps cure infections that cause cough and cold and drains congestion, thereby giving relief from coughs and colds.

Hypertensive: You might raise your eyebrows about this medicinal property and may not see it as a benefit. However, this property is very beneficial for those who are suffering from low blood pressure. Those type of people run the risk of falling unconscious at any time, and feeling sluggish. This oil can normalize their blood pressure by raising it, which is just as important sometimes as lowering it.

Insecticide: It can keep away insects and pests and also eliminate them if it becomes necessary. It can be effectively used to keep away parasites that feed on the human body like mosquitoes, fleas, lice, bed-bugs, and flies, as well as insects that attack food grains and clothes like beetles and moths.

Stimulant: It stimulates circulation, digestion, nervous responses and the secretion of hormones, thereby stimulating the whole metabolism.

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Bechic: If you have been suffering from coughing symptoms for a long time and antibiotics cannot help you anymore, then you might want to give this essential oil a try. Unlike when using potent antibiotics, you need not risk your kidneys, heart, liver, stomach and eyes with this oil. This is capable of curing infections in the chest (lungs, bronchi, larynx and pharynx) and stopping coughs.

Vermifuge: Thym essential oil kills worms. You can try it on intestinal worms like round worms and tape worms, as well as maggots in open sores and hook worms, which are notoriously difficult to eliminate.

Other Benefits: It acts as a memory booster and an antidepressant. It helps to increase concentration and helps to cure sinusitis, bronchitis, anorexia, cellulite, eczema, athlete’s foot, dermatitis, insect and animal bites, stings, laryngitis, pharyngitis and other infections. Finally, it can be used to eliminate bad breath and body odor.

A Few Words of Caution: It is an irritant to some people, as well as a hypertensive substance that increases blood pressure.

Therefore, it should be avoided during pregnancy and those with elevated blood pressure. It also may cause allergic reactions in some cases.

Blending: The essential oil of thyme blends well with the essential oils of Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary and Pine.

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What do you think?

  • Laurie Overcash

    Several have asked about dosage and usage. Did I miss the answer? This inquiring mind would like to know..lol

    • Emma Anderson

      Dosage is easy, general dilution is 3% for topical (you can use in higher dillution so long as it doesn-t cause irritation) and no more than 1% internally. Use as often as desired but if irritation occurs stop using. Irritation may be evident as red patches on the skin or even as headaches. Dilution should be done with a carrier most people recommend a carrier oil however it has been proven that oil does not absorb past the epidermis of the skin (that means only dead skin cells come in contact with the oil), water can pass through to the dermis (where the living skin is) however it leaves the oil behind and promotes bacterial growth. The best carrier is Aloe Vera as it absorbs the oil and carries it with it to the dermis.

      • Laurie Overcash

        Emma, thank you for helping me learn about this. I’m more confused than ever since I’m not understanding the 3% and 1% usage amounts. What does that mean in comparison to “drops” since that’s what newbies know. Love learning about these oils.

      • Emma Anderson

        No worries. If you have a 100ml bottle of carrier oil and you want to add essential oils to make a 1% dillution. It’s hard to know exactly how 1 drop of essential oil as they all have different rates and viscosity (and every dropper gives out a different dosage), but on average 1 Tsp is about 30 drops of essential oils and 1 Tsp is roughly 5ml (4.92892ml). Then take 5 and divide that by 30 making each drop worth 0.16. So working at 100ml that means you need 16 drops of essential oils to make a 1% dillution. Divide as needed for smaller measurements or multiply for larger recipes.

  • Lori

    can you ingest thyme oil?

  • yl dropper

    Nòthing is said about dosage or how to apply the oil. Could someone explain.

  • Linda

    Love all the articles so helpful

  • Bernia

    Do you take the thyme oil by mouth or rub on skin?

  • Vicky Greenberg

    I have found a typo…Under the category “HYPERTENSIVE” ..it should read “HYPOTENSIVE” since this EO has the quality to raise low blood pressure. If you suffer from low blood pressure it is called Hypotension…Hypertension is high blood pressure…

    • Thanks for pointing out the correction. Regards, Team OrganicFacts

      • queenbee9

        Her “correction” is partially incorrect.

        Thyme IS a hypotensive. It lowers blood pressure it does not raise it.

        peppermint will raise blood pressure if one needs that.

        Beets, thyme and dandelion greens are used to lower blood pressure

    • Sian

      I think in fact it is correct when it states it is a hypertensive because it has the effect of raising blood pressure. A hypotensive would lower blood pressure.

    • it says it raises blood pressure … and it ALSO says it lowers blood pressure. Are both correct?

      • queenbee9

        It lowers hbp. Don’t use it if you have uncontrolled lbp. Always read more than 1 online source when looking up info to ANYTHING

    • queenbee9

      You are confusing effect and confition.

      If it can raise low blood pressure then it is a hypertensive NOT a hypotensive.

      if it can lower blood pressure it is a hypotensive. The word use describes the EFFECT not who to use it on or what condition to use it on.

      If you have high blood pressure (hypertension) then you use a hypotensive like thyme to lower it.

      This article mentions thyme as a med to raise blood pressure. This is NOT correct

  • Henriette v d Watt

    Candi did you find out about the dosages of taking Thyme Essential Oil

  • Thyme relaxes the veins which helps to lower blood pressure. Then it balances the blood pressure. So if you have low blood pressure – it would lower it more.

  • Candi Standall

    And so, how do I determine dosages… or exactly how to best reap all of the above benefits\?

  • Anna Daugherty

    I like how theres a random picture of rosemary.

    • Marianne Grande-Gasser

      That is not rosemary in the white bowl…it is Thyme. Rosemary leaves are longer…..totally different.

  • Anna Daugherty

    I like how theres a random picture of rosemary.

  • Jordan Parkerton

    Also, in the Cardiac section, the author says thyme oil reduces blood pressure (I know later he says it lowers). So, does thyme oil possibly keep the blood pressure normal, raising or lowering it depending on what’s needed? That’s my impression from the article.

      • Jordan Parkerton

        Also, in the Cardiac section, the author says thyme oil reduces blood pressure (I know later he says it lowers). So, does thyme oil possibly keep the blood pressure normal, raising or lowering it depending on what’s needed? That’s my impression from the article.

      • Glenda Leigh

        it says …
        This oil is very beneficial for the heart. It keeps the valves functioning properly, while being an anti spasmodic, it relaxes the arteries and veins and thereby reduces blood pressure and stress on the heart.

        and it also says It is an irritant to some people, as well as a hypertensive substance that increases blood pressure.

        The confusion is quite legit, I will try it to see how it affects me personally, but I would like to know if this is a mistake, or just how it works in different people.

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