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 Thyme Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy- Thyme

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Oil Name:Thyme - Red and sweet
Note:top
Parts of plant used:Leaves and flowers
Botanical Name:Thymus Vulgaris
Aroma: Very herbal and sweet.

Thyme Essential Oil:

Thyme is mostly used as a culinary herb in such small quantities that its toxicity is of little consequence and most people are unaware that it could potentially be harmful.

Although constituents of oils extracted from various plants and regions (French Thyme is regarded as the best) the difference between "Red" and "White" oil is that the white oil (which is actually slightly yellow) is a re-distillate of the "red" oil. This process does not change the properties or application of the oil in any significant way.

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Thyme Essential Oil Properties and Uses:

Dandruff DermatitisBoils
Antispasmodic AphrodisiacCarminative
CicatrizantDiureticEmmenagogue
ExpectorantInsecticidalStimulany
AntibacterialRheumatismAntiseptic
AntidepressantLaryngitisBronchitis
FlatulenceHeadachesIrregular menstrual cycles
TonsillitisImmune system tonic Vermifuge

Thyme Essential Oil Constituents:

Thymol: A phenolic volatile oil.

Phenolic oils: Found only in a select few aromatic herbs Phenolic volatile oils are very potent and caustic, expectorant, antispasmodic and antimicrobial but very irritant to the mucus membrane. Phenols can be either Monoterpene (thymol, carvacrol found in thyme and oregano) expectorant, antispasmodic and antimicrobial which is very irritant to the mucus membrane or Phenylpropanoid  (Euganol which is widely distributed in plants) that is much more benign while having the same properties.

 

Carvacrol: A Monoterpene Phenol.

Found mainly in Thyme, Marjoram and Oregano, Carvacrol is a very irritant compound. Great care should be exercised with sensitivity and dosage.

 

Cineole: One of the two most important Monoterpene Oxides, the other is Ascaridole, Cineole is one of the most widely distributed constituents amongst plants as an oxidised product of monoterpenes. Cineole is often also called Eucalyptol, named so because it is the major component of Eucalyptus oil.

Cineole is a expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. It has a reputation as a skin irritant amongst many practitioners but recent tests have failed to confirm this.

Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.

 

Linalyl Acetate: An Ester (see below) Linalyl Acetate is the primary constituent, along with Linalool in Lavender oil, although small amounts are found in other plants.

Esters: Mainly found in small amounts in flowers, Esters are responsible for the characteristic fragrances of the flowers and volatile oils.

Esters are mostly sedative and antispasmodic and generally non-irritant and mild, although some, like Methyl Salicylate, found in wintergreen, are more irritant.

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

 

Borneol: One of the terpene alcohols, found most abundantly in rosemary oil, has many of the properties of other terpene alcohols. It is used as a skin tonic, a local anaesthetic, sedative and antispasmodic.

Terpene Alcohol: Valued for their fragrance, gentle reaction on the skin and membranes and healing properties Terpene Alcohols have earned the name of "Friendly Molecules". Alcohols are amongst the strongest antimicrobial compounds in essential oils but lack the irritant properties of other antimicrobial constituents like phenols.

Geraniol: A terpene alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols.  

 
We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb or oil. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb or oil should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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