Cardiovascular Benefits: The amazing combination of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of thyme helps prevent chronic inflammation which is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease. Thyme oil is particularly beneficial in this regard as its anti-spasmodic property promotes cardiac health.
Fresh thyme is perfect for making tinctures, teas, or adding to food dishes. Dried thyme is also found in any spice aisle and is an excellent way to keep the herb in your home at all times. Thyme essential oils are also a great way to access the benefits of thyme quickly and easily.
What is thyme herb?
Thyme (pronounced “time“) is a fragrant, small-leafed, woody-stemmed culinary herb that is used frequently in Mediterranean, Italian and Provençal French cuisines. It pairs well with lamb, poultry, and tomatoes, and is often used in soups, stews, stocks, and sauces.
Excess use of red thyme for hair can cause skin irritation; it is advisable to utilize white thyme in hair mixtures. The medicinal value of this aromatic herb renders it beneficial for your health in many ways. Certain naturally-occurring compounds in thyme provide the following health benefits.
Does thyme essential oil contain thymol?
Thyme essential oil contains the phenolic compound thymol that can kill pathogens such as bacteria and fungi via cell membrane disruption. Due to its hydrophobic nature, the thymol molecule interacts with the outer cytoplasmic membrane of the pathogen and affects the integrity and function of the microorganisms’ cell membrane.
Thymol (2-isopropyl-5-methylphenol) belongs to the phenolic monoterpenes and mostly occurs in thyme species. It is one of the main compounds of thyme essential oil.
Although they all look the same, the chemical composition is different along with the corresponding health benefits. The chief constituents of thyme essential oil typically include alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene, para-cymene, alpha-terpinene, linalool, borneol, beta-caryophyllene,.
What does thyme oil smell like?
The essential oil has a spicy and warm aroma that’s powerful and penetrating. Thyme essential oil contains 20 percent to 54 percent thymol, which gives thyme oil its antiseptic properties. For this reason, thyme oil is commonly used in mouthwashes and toothpastes.
How much thyme thymol should I dilute?
We recommend a maximum dilution of 1.3% for topical applications. Thyme Thymol is one of the very best essential oils for supporting the immune system and for tonifying the circulation. It can be used to help resolve skin problems that may be acquired during a hospital stay.