According to recent research, thyme has been found to be a powerful antiseptic due to the presence of thymol, which is often added to mouth washes and antiseptic wipes. The same research has also found thyme to reduce pain, while the herb has been used as a natural painkiller for centuries.
Scientists from Iran’s Babol University of Medical Sciences have confirmed that thyme is a powerful pain relieving herb that may reduce menstrual pain better than ibuprofen. The study examined 84 women volunteers aged 18-24 who had difficult and painful menstruation and were suffering from primary dysmenorrhea. This condition manifests through painful cramping and may cause back pain, dizziness, headaches and nausea. The condition usually occurs during the first 2 years after getting menses, and is frequently seen in younger women. The results of the study showed that thyme can significantly reduce the pain without the side-effects of ibuprofen and other painkillers.
Health benefits of thyme oil
The thyme essential oil has a wide range of uses and can surely improve your overall health. Here’s what you can use it for:
The thyme oil can reinforce your immun system, tone your cardiovascular, digestive and nervous system as well as your muscles and skin.
A powerful antiseptic
As we mentioned on the beginning, thyme essential oil is a powerful antiseptic that can fight infections, wounds and sores thanks to the presence of camphene and Caryophyllene.
Rheumatism is an inflammatory condition similar to arthritis and gout. Being an excellent anti-inflammatory agent, thyme essential oil can reduce rheumatic pain and treat the condition, and as a diuretic, it can increase urination and remove toxins from the body. As a stimulant, the oil can activate your circulation and treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis.
Thyme essential oil is great for anyone with low blood pressure. It can raise it naturally and treat all the effects of low blood pressure.
Besides these uses, studies have confirmed that the oil can treat urinary tract infections, candida infections, vaginitis, as well as nail fungus. Thanks to its powerful antiseptic properties, thyme is often a part of hand sanitizers.
Applying a hot compress with some thyme on your body can relieve inflammatory pain and muscle aches, and can treat injuries as well. The oil can also be applied on insect bites and stings to relieve the irritation. Apply some of the oil on areas affected by infections such as athlete’s foot to relieve the problem naturally. You can use the oil undiluted, but make sure to protect your skin by applying a fatty cream as well. To wash fresh produce properly, use a 1% solution of thyme.
Thyme essential oil can also help you treat acne, warts and other skin problems, and it can be applied as a skin or hair tonic as well. Adding it to a sitz bath can stimulate menstruation and treat weak menstrual periods. Thymol, one of the active compounds in the herb, has been found to improve blood flow to the skin and accelerate healing while also protecting and increasing the amount of healthy fats in cellular membranes. Consuming thyme regularly can increase the amount of DHA in the brain, heart and kidney cell membranes, effectively improving the function of these organs.
To treat alopecia areata, you can mix thyme with some rosemary, lavender or cedarwood oil. Just apply the oily mixture on your scalp every day for a few months and you will easily notice the difference.