Today, we use Thyme mostly as a seasoning, but thyme essential oil is a potent oil that has a cleansing and purifying effect on the skin. As a form of aromatherapy, Greeks and Romans burned bundles of thyme to purify their temples and homes, and to recall a spirit of courage in those who inhaled it.
Thyme essential oil is steam distilled from the leaf of the thyme plant, a small, aromatic, evergreen shrub. The oil is high in thymol which has antimicrobial properties and can reduce bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Thyme helps support a healthy immune system and has a cleansing and purifying effect on the skin. Because of thyme’s germ destroying properties, the oil has been an ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpaste. Thyme has a far more interesting past than a simple herb.
Thyme in History
Egyptians used thyme for embalming and other traditional ceremonies. The ancient Greeks used thyme to fight against infectious illnesses; placed it in their baths and burned as incense in their temples. In the Middle Ages, thyme was given to knights and warriors to impart courage before they went into battle. Also, thyme was often placed beneath pillows to help ward off nightmares! There are historical accounts of a soup made with thyme and beer as a possible cure for shyness!
Thyme in Cooking
It takes, on average, six thyme springs to yield about a tablespoon of the tiny leaves. However, one or two drops of thyme oil are all it takes to add a fresh herbal flavor to a meat dishes and other entrées. Thyme is an essential ingredient of Mediterranean, Italian and Provençal French cooking. When roasting meats and poultry, cooks often use whole sprigs of fresh thyme; however, because of their tough, woody stems, cooks remove the sprigs before serving their dish.
Uses for Thyme Essential Oil
In addition to cooking, thyme can purify and promote healthy skin by applying directly to the skin or problem area. Some may need to dilute pure essential thyme oil with fractionated coconut oil if they find their skin is sensitive to the oil.
Taken internally, two drops of thyme essential oil in a veggie capsule, during winter can help support a healthy immune system.
Use 1–2 drops in meat and entrée recipes for adding a fresh herbal flavor.
Its aromatic properties help energize in times of physical weakness and stress. It is thought to aid concentration. Thyme is uplifting and helps ease feelings of self-doubt.
Take the oil internally by mixing with honey (one drop of essential oil to 2 teaspoons of honey) or 8 oz. of a beverage. However, some may find additional dilution may be necessary due to thyme essential oil irritating mucous membranes.
Who knew thyme was so versatile?
Directions for Use
You can diffuse thyme essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. Dilute the thyme essential oil with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural carrier oil when applying to targeted areas on the skin to purify and promote healthy-looking skin.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep thyme essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using lemon oil.
Use greater dilutions of the oil for children under six years-old. Women should avoid thyme during pregnancy.