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Thyme - Aromatheraphy Essentail Oil
Thyme
(Thymus vulgaris)


THYMEThe name is derived from the Greek word `Thymos` that means `perfume` and was used as incense in Greek temples. The Egyptians used it in embalming process.
During the Middle Ages it was given to jousting knights for courage, and a sprig of the herb was carried into courtrooms to ward off diseases. It is an ancient herb used in medicine by the Greeks, the Egyptians and the Romans.

Origin of Thyme

Thyme has been one of the most widely used aromatic herbs in medicine ever since ancient times. It grows abundantly in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Israel, the USSR, China and central Europe.

Properties of Thyme oil

Thyme acts as antispasmodic, carminative, antibiotic, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic, antidepressant analgesic, rubefacient, disinfectant and antiviral. It works well on respiratory, immune, digestive and nerve tissues.

Most common uses:

  • Strong general stimulant
  • Has an antiseptic effect on the respiratory tract and is useful in the treatment of colds, influenza, coughs and whooping cough.
  • Stimulates the digestive process.
  • Has a diuretic effect and is useful in the treatment of problems of the urinary tract.
  • Helps in cases of fatigue, anxiety, depression and insomnia
  • Helps treat aches and pains
  • Good for rheumatism
  • Regulates low blood pressure
  • Regulates scanty or absent periods
  • Good for circulation
  • Combats fluid retention
  • Good for dental problems
  • Discourages hair loss
  • Helps skin conditions, such as warts, dermatitis, wounds and burns


  • Mixes well with: rosemary, oregano, lemon, orange and bergamot.

    Warning: skin irritant in high concentration, do not use with epileptic conditions, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure or during pregnancy.
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