21 Incredible 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, cicatrizant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic, and a 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. It 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

Thyme essential oil has many benefits and people use it for improving their skin, circulation, and strengthening the immune system. The amazing health benefits of thyme essential oil are explained below.

Increases Circulation

One of the stimulating components of thyme oil can help to improve the circulation in your body, which increases healing and blood flow to extremities and areas that need oxygenation. This can also protect the heart and lower your chances of blood clots, while also helping to keep you active.

Boosts Immune System

Some of the volatile components of thyme oil, such as camphene and alpha-pinene, are able to strengthen the immune system with their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This makes them effective both inside and outside the body, protecting the mucus membranes, gut and respiratory system from potential infections. The antioxidant properties of this oil also help to reduce free radical damage.


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.

Skin Care

Topical application of thyme oil is very popular on the skin, as it can heal wounds and scars, prevent inflammatory pain, moisturize the skin, and even minimize the appearance of acne. The mixture of antiseptic properties and antioxidant stimulants in this oil can keep your skin looking clear, healthy, and young as you age!


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.


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 bloodstream. 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 activates circulation and thereby sorts out this problem in a separate way. The anti-inflammatory properties of thymol are well known, and in some varieties of thyme oil, up to 70% is thymol. This powerful compound can help to ease the pain of your joints and promote better range of motion, while also promoting blood flow to those areas, making you feel stronger and more in control of your arthritic symptoms.

Kills Bacteria

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. Thyme essential oil is a good antiseptic and safeguards wounds and sores against infections.


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

Protects Heart Health

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 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.


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 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.

Stimulates Urination

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 to reduce weight, lower blood pressure, reduce fats, and improve digestion as well.


Women should be very interested in this property of thyme essential oil. They are always searching for something that can give them relief from obstructed and painful menstruation, irregular periods, and premature menopause. Thyme essential oil is the answer to this problem. It opens obstructed menses, gives relief from the symptoms like abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, and low blood pressure associated with menstruation. It can also delay menopause, thereby keeping women healthy, happy, and fertile. Thyme oil is known to have certain hormone-balancing properties, and can stimulate the production of progesterone. For women who are going through menopause or have already experienced the change, regular use of thyme oil can help them keep their hormonal levels under control.


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

Regulates Blood Pressure

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. These 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.


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

Boosts Energy

The stimulation of circulation and the metabolic boost provided by thyme oil adds up to a noticeable energy boost. If you regularly suffer from fatigue during the day, even if you have a good night’s sleep, even inhaling the aromatic compounds of thyme oil can give you an energetic push.

Detoxifies the Body

Linalool is one of the most common components in thyme oil, and it also has a number of antioxidant and detoxifying effects on the body. Most importantly, it can stimulate healing and regeneration in the liver, and helps to detoxify the liver rapidly.

Relieves Anxiety

Thyme oil is a popular aromatherapy oil for numerous reasons, but primarily due to its stress-relieving abilities. Inhaling thyme oil or topically applying some diluted oil to your temples, chest or neck can help lower your overall stress levels and leave you feeling energized in a positive way, rather than an anxious one.


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. It is capable of curing infections in the chest (lungs, bronchi, larynx and pharynx) and stopping coughs.


Thyme 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.


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.

Other Benefits

It acts as a memory booster and an antidepressant. It helps to increase concentration and 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.

Word of Caution: It is an irritant to some people and may cause allergic reactions in some cases. It is also a hypertensive substance that increases blood pressure, so those with high blood pressure should use it after consulting a doctor. It is an emmenagogue, therefore, it should be avoided during pregnancy.

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

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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.

can you ingest thyme oil?

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

Love all the articles so helpful

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...

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

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.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Thanks for pointing out the correction. Regards, Team OrganicFacts

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

Henriette v d Watt

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

Exciting Oils Debbie Gordon

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.

Exciting Oils Debbie Gordon

I meant that it wouldn't lower it more. Sorry

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.

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.

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.

It is very helpful.

I thought this was interesting...

Jacquelyn Mary Oliver

okay....one sentence you say it reduces blood pressure and yet another it is a hypertensive, which is it?

Cerridwen Stucky

that's the definition of hypertensive.

Cerridwen Stucky

It INCREASES blood pressure...especially in people who have low blood pressure.

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.

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.

Ijeoma Onwukeme

lov e u pals.