Best known for its cleansing and purifying properties, thyme essential oil is a very effective oil for bringing life back to fatigued looking skin and for preventing acne outbreaks. It tones and strengthens the skin and facilitates skin tissue repair.
Thyme stimulates circulation soo necessary for more youthful looking, healthy radiant skin. It stimulates the scalp and can prevent hair loss. Thyme essential oil is found in Nourishing Cream by Ageless La Cure.
Thyme essential oil is derived from Thymus vulgaris, a member of the mint family. Native to Southern Europe, thyme is a perennial plant that grows close to the ground. Its essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the plant.
Thyme was one of the earliest medicinal plants used throughout the Mediterranean region. The ancient Egyptians used it for embalming and the ancient Greeks used it to fumigate against infectious illness. The name comes from the Greek thymos meaning to perfume.
In Western herbal medicine, thyme is mainly applied to digestive, respiratory and infectious complaints. It has been used to successfully treat a whole host of conditions such as oily skin and scars, gout, arthritis, wounds, bites, sores, water retention, irregular menstrual flow, menopausal symptoms, gastritis, nausea, fatigue, asthma, bronchitis, pertussis, colds, laryngitis, athlete’s foot, hangovers and depression.
A 2010 study conducted by doctors at the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, Greece found thyme essential oil to be the most effective oil out of ten oils observed for eliminating bad bacteria. In the study thyme essential oil eliminated bacteria within sixty minutes.
The Society for Microbiology, Edinburgh, found thyme essential oil to be an efficient and affordable alternative to antibiotics in the fight against resistant bacteria in (2014). The same study found thyme essential oil to be an extremely successful combatant against various Staphhylococcus strains including the dreaded MRSA.
Thyme essential oil’s properties include:
antiputrescent (counteracts decay)
antitussive (prevents coughs)
aperitif (stimulates appetite)
carminative (relieves flatulence)
cicatrisant (skin or wound healing; cell regenerative)
emenagogue (increases menstrual flow)
hypotensive (lowers blood pressure)
nervine (calms nerves)
stimulant (for the immune system and circulation)
sudorific (induces sweat)
In addition to the benefits listed above, thyme essential oil can also:
stimulate the mind
improve restful sleep
reduce gum inflammation
fight bad breath
Because of its potency particularly as an essential oil, thyme oil must never be used undiluted directly on the skin. A minute amount should be blended into a carrier oil such as olive or almond oil. Use the oil in moderation to prevent over-stimulation of the thyroid gland and lymphatic system. To get the benefits of thyme essential oil for your skin, it’s wise to rely on the expert formulation of skincare products which contain it. Thyme essential oil is found in Nourishing Cream by Ageless La Cure.
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