Most of the time an essential oil is not just helpful for one ailment but can be used for a variety of ailments. Thyme oil is one of such essential oils. Due to its rich antioxidant content, it is well known for its cancer fighting properties, while the following great uses of this oil you should also know:
1- Rich in nutrients
Thyme oil is a good source of several minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron, chromium, manganese and vitamin K.
2- Cures acne
Scientists at Leeds Metropolitan University in England found that thyme preparations may be more effective than acne prescription creams. Here is a recipe for a herbal remedy for acne treatment using thyme: Marigold and Thyme Gel for Acne.
3- Stops coughing and throat infections
Thyme oil is often used as a cough remedy, it’s also a common ingredient in herbal cough syrup.
Make homemade thyme cough syrup is simple: Boil 2 cups of water and add a few drops of thyme oil. Let the water cool and stir in 1 cup of honey and pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator. Shake thoroughly before each use and take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day.
It can also be used as mouthwash to treat inflammations of the mouth and throat infections.
4- Boosts immunity and fights cold
Thyme is packed with vitamin A and C, which can help you back in shape quickly when you are suffering a cold. You can get its benefits by breathing in hot, steamy air infused with thyme: Boil 2 cups of water and put into a big bowl, put 1 tablespoon of thyme oil and cover your head with a towel, lean over the bowl and breathe in the steam slowly.
5- Repels mosquitoes
You can get a good pest-fighting result by making repellant with thyme oil. Simply mixed a few drops of thyme oil to every teaspoon of olive oil, or adding some drops for every 2 ounces of water directly.
6- Stops snoring
This is an effective remedy for snoring which uses thyme oil, diluted, for relief from snoring. Diluted with olive oil or coconut oil, keep a 50:50 ratio, then rub the bottom of your feet before going to sleep. It can stop snoring, help soothe nerves and give you a restful sleep.
7- Treats kidney stones
Thyme is a good astringent and it works well to clean the kidneys. Add a few drops of thyme oil to 1 cup boiling water, add honey for taste if you like. Keep drinking 1 cup daily for a week.
The health benefits of thyme oil are undeniable, it has been found to relieve the following conditions too:
- Nail fungus
- Muscle pain
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Liver diseases
- Chronic fatigue
- Hair loss
- Heart attack
- Skin problems
- High blood pressure