Botanical name: Thymus Vulgaris
Botanical family: Labiatae
Part of plant used: Flowering stems
Origin: Thyme is found in Great Britain, France, and America. Not so much cultivated as it grows wild. Thyme likes hilly, fairly rocky places. It is a low plant, focuses on the earth as you need to look down to find it.
Description: Strong, sweet and pungent with an antiseptic undertone.
History: Thyme is a popular oil and goes back as far as ancient Egyptian and Roman times. It was used in the Middle Ages for its strong antiseptic properties.
Properties and Indications:
- Highly antiseptic and anti-bacterial
- Deep cleanser, particularly for the blood and capillary circulation
- Stimulating to the digestive system particularly the large intestine
- Vermifuge – tinea, amoebas, intestinal parasites
- Stimulates the immune system
- Respiratory system – along with Cinnamon, it is one of the most powerful essential oils to prevent infection
- Recurring respiratory complaints – bronchitis, emphysema, mycosis, asthma
- Great for head colds, stiffness, sore throats
- Relaxes the nervous system
- For the very armored, controlled and willful
- Recommended for claustrophobia as it opens up
- Schizophrenia – said to stabilize mental activity
- Do not use if pregnant
- Do not use on people with high blood pressure
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