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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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Essential Oil Properties and Uses:
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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.
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
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.
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.
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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