Thyme oil. What exactly do you think when you hear the term? Let us guess. Mostly, some or the other dish in which it is used. We don’t blame you. Thyme oil has been a culinary ingredient for so long that hardly anyone thinks of it in a context beyond the kitchen. But what if we told you that this is barely scratching the surface of all the benefits thyme oil has to offer? Yes, thyme oil may have been every chef’s best friend for a long while, but it has numerous beauty benefits as well.
The origins of thyme oil’s usage for purposes other than cooking can be traced back to the Mediterranean, where it is used for its various antibacterial, anti-anxiolytic, and anti-hypertensive properties. It is also known to be extremely beneficial in clearing out the skin. It is also beneficial in treating more serious conditions such as breast cancer, respiratory issues, digestive issues and much more. As we said, it is more than just an oil that can be used to enhance your food or skin and hair.
So, without further ado, let’s jump into this guide wherein we will be charting out all the ways in which thyme oil is beneficial for you. Trust us when we say the next time you see thyme oil, cooking will not be the only thing on your mind. Let’s go!
- 1. Thyme oil: The components that care
- 2. Benefits of Thyme oil benefits
- 3. Thyme oil in aromatherapy: How to use it at home?
- 4. FAQ on thyme oil
1. Thyme oil: The components that care
- Thyme oil comprises various compounds which work efficiently to provide various benefits.
- Thymol is known to be effective in getting rid of infectants because of its antifungal nature
- Carvacrol is aromatic in nature and calms down the nerves Linalool is effective in boosting the brain cells functions
- Borneol is known to be a powerful immune stimulant and works to improve various respiratory and digestive issues
- Camphor is a known antiseptic, deodorant and disinfectant
- Cineol is good in treating cough and is also a known mouthwash ingredient
2. Benefits of Thyme oil benefits
Thyme oil is extremely beneficial for skin, hair and overall health. If you wish to include one oil in your beauty routine, this is the one you should consider. Here is a better look at all the benefits that the oil has to offer.
i) Works on acne
Thyme oil, when used with witch hazel, is extremely effective in treating acne. It is also good in getting rid of the resultant scars and marks and is a natural remedy for rashes. For those who do not know, it is also effective on skin conditions such as eczema, and works as an effective soothing agent with its anti-inflammatory properties.
ii) Stimulates hair growth
Thyme oil, when combined with other types of oils is extremely beneficial for the hair. You can add this essential oil with your regular hair oil and notice the difference it makes. A combination of thyme oil and lavender oil is known to boost hair growth like no other. It is also known as effective anti-dandruff oil.
iii) Reduces headache
Thyme oil works as an anti-inflammatory drug. Dab a few drops of thyme oil on your forehead and massage a little. Leave it on for a while. It will not only relieve all the stress and headache but also get rid of the toxins that cause it, thus giving you long-term relief. If inhaled, thyme oil is also known to uplift the mood.
iv) Makes skin radiant
Thyme oil is rich in antioxidants and works towards slowing the ageing process, thus giving your skin a soft and radiant look. It is also a good moisturising agent. Works on a better digestive system Thyme oil is rich in volatile oils that help reduce gases that may get accumulated in the abdomen. It further relieves you of the intestinal cramps. Overall, it works well towards creating a better and healthier digestive system.
v) Takes care of respiratory issues
Thyme oil is a good immunity boosting agent. It is a well-known fact that compromised immunity is the reason behind most respiratory issues. If not treated continuously, it can be quite hazardous. Here is where thyme oil comes in handy. Studies suggest that thyme oil is beneficial in treating cough and other respiratory issues. Inhaling steam with thyme oil or drinking thyme-infused tea is good for treating respiratory issues.
vi) Eases menstrual stress
If you are someone who experiences immense pain during periods, thyme oil is the solution. Its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe abdominal cramps.
vii) Makes vision sharper
Thyme oil and thyme in general is a rich source of vitamin A and thus is great at aiding sharper and improved vision.
viii) Makes oral health better
Thyme oil is great in getting rid of bacteria that may otherwise have become resistant to antibiotics, thus being quite efficient in treating oral cavity infections. Thyme oil can be used as a mouthwash too. You can simply add a drop or two of thyme oil to warm water and use it. This will serve as a daily solution and antiseptic treatment against oral pathogens. Thyme oil is known to work against oral issues such as bad breath, plaque, tooth decay and more. Thus, if you wish to make your oral health better, this essential oil should be your pick.
3. Thyme oil in aromatherapy: How to use it at home?
If you wish to do a soothing aromatherapy treatment at home, you can do so with thyme oil. Here is a step-by-step guide that can help you out:
- Take any vegetable oil as a carrier oil (thyme oil is an essential oil and has to be diluted) Mix around 3 tablespoons of carrier oil with 5 drops of thyme oil.
- Add a few other oils for an enhanced effect.
- Rosemary oil or lavender oil works perfectly
- Mix all the oils well, apply on the scalp and massage well
- Leave the mixture on overnight.
- If you do not have the time, leave it on for an hour
- Rinse using a sulfate-free shampoo and follow up with a mild conditioner
- Use daily for optimum results
Like any other natural treatment, this one too, will not show immediate effects. In fact, it may be a few months before you start seeing any improvement. But, the soothing properties of thyme oil, combined with the goodness of other oils, surely works well on the hair.
A word of caution though. Do a patch test before direct application. Again, if you have sensitive skin, it is better to consult with a doctor first.
4. FAQ on thyme oil
Q. Are there any side effects of using thyme oil?
A. If you are someone with allergies or sensitive skin, kindly consult with your doctor first. Although thyme oil is fairly mild, it is better to know beforehand whether or not you are allergic to it.
Q. Can I ingest thyme oil?
A. No. Thyme oil is for external usage only, and can also be used as a mouthwash, when diluted with warm water. It should never be swallowed. If you wish to have another option which is ingestible, we suggest you go for thyme-infused tea.
Q. Can thyme oil cause asthma?
A. Asthma is one of the extreme side effects of thyme oil. However, it only happens if you are allergic to the component.
Q. How to use thyme oil?
A. Use it by mixing a few drops with any carrier oil of your choice. Do not use thyme oil undiluted.