Significant research has found thyme essential oil and its constituent thymol to be antiseptic. In fact, many mouth washes and antiseptic wipes often contain thymol. New research is also finding that thyme oil also reduces pain. Who would have thought? Well, traditional medicines have been using thyme oil and other essential oils to help relieve pain for centuries.
Study finds Thyme Oil beats out Ibuprofen for pain relief
The findings of a study conducted at the Iran’s Babol University of Medical Sciences have confirmed that thyme is an extremely powerful pain-relieving herb, and it alleviates menstrual pain even better than ibuprofen.
The study involved 84 women university students with difficult menstruation. They were aged 15-24 years and were all suffering from dysmenorrhea. This condition is manifested by painful cramping which may be or not accompanied with symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, or back pain. On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea means that the pain stems from another condition.
Here the researchers added to the definition of primary dysmenorrhea that it appears within two years of the beginning of menses (menarche) and no pelvic pain during the other parts of the monthly cycle. This is logical because painful menses is more frequently seen among younger women within the first few years of the beginning of menses.
OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF THYME OIL
Antirheumatic: There are two main reasons behind rheumatism, arthritis and gout. The first is improper or obstructed circulation, and the second one is an increasing concentration of toxins like uric acid in the blood stream. Thyme essential oil can sort out both of these problems. Since it is a diuretic, it increases urination and helps in the removal of toxins from the body. Being a stimulant, it stimulates or activates circulation and thereby sorts out this problem in a separate way. Both ways helps cure rheumatism, and related conditions like arthritis.
Antiseptic: It is a great antiseptic that protects sores and wounds from infections. Its antiseptic benefits are attributed to the presence of like Caryophyllene and Camphene.
Hypertensive: It normalizes blood pressure by raising it, so it is useful for people who have low blood pressure and fall unconscious and feel sluggish.
Tonic: Thyme essential oil also tones up the circulatory system, heart, digestive system, nervous system, muscles, and skin while fortifying them and boosting immunity.
- Being a diuretic, thyme is beneficial in the treatment of infections of the bladder and the urinary tract
- Used to kill off nail fungus
- Used to kill off parasites
- Also used as insect repellent
- Used for vaginitis and candida
- It is found in natural hand sanitizers
- Diluted oil or crushed thyme can be used as first aid on insect stings and bites
- Adding thyme to hot compress relieves gout, sciatica, muscle pain, rheumatic pain, sprains, and sports injuries
- Apply undiluted thyme essential oil on athlete`s foot, animal bites, and boils. Make sure you protect the skin with some cream
- Use a one percent solution as an antibacterial wash for fresh produce
- Massage thyme essential oil to stimulate menstruation or missing periods
- Use in hair and skin care regimes, as a hair tonic or in a face wash and for treatment of things like acne or warts
- Regular consumption of thyme has been found to increased the amount of DHA in heart, kidney, and brain cell membranes
- Thymol, the active compound in thyme oil, has been shown to facilitate healing by increasing blood flow to the skin
- Thymol protects the healthy fats in cell membranes
- Stir in thyme with lavender, cedarwood, and rosemary in a mixture of grapeseed and jojoba oils to treat alopecia areata
- Because of the risk of irritation, it is a good idea to use thyme in blends. It blends particularly well with bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lavender, rosemary and pine.