Thought to impart courage to its bearer, Thyme was given to knights and warriors before they went into battle by ladies of the Middle Ages. During this same period, Thyme was often placed beneath pillows to help promote a peaceful sleep and to ward off nightmares. The ancient Greeks used Thyme in their baths and burned it as an incense in their temples while the Egyptians used it in their embalming rites. Today, Thyme is commonly used as a seasoning, but it also produces a potent essential oil that has cleansing and clarifying effects for the skin; however, due to its high phenol content, Thyme should be diluted with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil before application. Thyme has specific chemotypes that produce a broad-spectrum activity in promoting winter-time health. Including Thyme essential oil in food dishes or consuming one to two drops a day will promote a healthy immune system when seasonal threats are high.
Thyme is steam distilled from leaves, stems, and flowers.
The properties of Thyme:
- Highly antibacterial
When diffused Thyme helps energize in time of physical weakness and stress. It has also been thought to aid concentration. It is uplifting and helps to relieve depression.
How to apply Thyme:
- Topically – Dilute 1:4 (1 drop essential oil to 4 drops carrier oil) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
- Aromatically – Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internally – Thyme oil generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage. Not for children under 6 years old.
- Use 1–2 drops in meat and entrée dishes to add a fresh herbal flavor.
- Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to targeted areas on the skin to purify and promote healthy skin.
- Add 2 drops to veggie capsules and take during winter time to promote immunity.
Safety precautions using Thyme:
This type of thyme oil may be somewhat irritation to the mucous membranes and dermal tissues (skin). This type of thyme should be avoided during pregnancy. Use with caution when dealing with high blood pressure.