Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris), a small delicate herb, cultivated in gardens everywhere for its exquisite culinary seasoning, especially among French cuisine, has in recent years become equally known for its therapeutic uses.
The ancient Greeks are said to have bathed in fragrant essences of thyme, and to have made healing incense from the dried leaves. Among mystics, thyme is thought to inspire courage and protect from negativity.
Today, holistic practitioners and even western medicine are giving thyme a second look for both its healing properties as an essential oil and superfood to heal illness and inflammation.
Thyme, The Superfood:
Thyme leaves contain high concentrations of thymol, a natural antioxidant thought to have antimicrobial, antibacterial and even antifungal properties. Thymol has been shown to be effective at boosting immunity, improving respiratory conditions such as coughs and chest congestion and helping to enhance circulation and muscle and joint function. A 2013 study conducted at the University of Leeds in the UK showed that thyme extract was actually more effective at treating the acne bacterium than the toxic synthetic ingredient, Benzoyl Peroxide!
DIY Treatments with Thyme:
- Blemish SOS: add 1 drop of thyme essential oil to a carrier oil such as pure jojoba, sesame or argan oil–all of which are incredible for normalizing the skin’s sebum, and apply to affected area. You can also spot treat with our healing and preventative blemish treatment, OSEA Essential Corrective Complex, rich in thyme, tea tree, juniper and infused with jojoba oil to nurture and refresh congested skin. For a light-weight thyme-enriched moisturizer, try OSEA Blemish Balm.
- Respiratory support: Blend 1 drop of thyme essential oil and 3 drops of lavender essential oil with your favorite carrier oil. Rub over chest and shoulder area. Alternatively, steam inhale a few drops of thyme mixed with eucalyptus oil in a few cups of boiling water to decongest. Cover head with towel but always keep face a good distance away from steam to avoid injury!
- Circulation and Joint Health: Mix 1 drop of thyme essential oil and a few drops of chamomile essential oil into a carrier oil and massage gently onto skin and joints.
- Fresh thyme for Immune System Support: Add fresh sprigs of thyme to your soups and other culinary creations! You can also make an immunity boosting tea when you are starting to come down with the sniffles. Add a tsp. of the crushed herb to a cup of boiling water. Drink one or two cupfuls a day.
So whether you’re making your own DIY treatments at home, or buying this healing herb in healthy ready-made formulations, keep thyme in mind!