A brown to red mobile liquid obtained by steam distillation of the fresh or partially dried flowers and leaves of the Thyme herb.
Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Thyme Essential Oil are:
Masking, Skin Conditioning, Tonic
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A very effective antifungal as well as being antibacterial, so it include in foot creams and gels.
As a diuretic, it can be used in detoxifying body wraps.
Effective in killing head lice so it can be included in shampoos. Be aware of the contraindications.
A warming oil that is soothing for aching muscles and joint pains in a massage blend or a balm.
Combine with Plai for analgesic balms.
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Do not use if you have high blood pressure.
Do not use if you have very sensitive skin.
Do not use on children under the age of 7 years.
Warning: Essential oils can be toxic to some animals. Consult a veterinary surgeon if concerned.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists blended with myrrh as an expectorant and is good for shifting mucous from the lungs.
The high levels of thymol are absorbed into the bloodstream giving an antiseptic effect to the lungs and this is helpful with all chest and lung infections.
Thyme has been in use from 2,000BC by the Ancient Egyptians as part of the embalming process.
During World War 1, it was used to disinfect hospital wards.