Thyme essential oil

Thyme essential oil and its ancient history

The history of the essential oil of Thyme has very ancient origins and, even, there is a tablet dating back to 2700 BC, where the preparation of a poultice based on this plant is explained. The ancient Egyptians, for example, used to use the oil extracted from thyme as an ointment to embalm the dead and, in fact, recently it has been discovered that this element is able to effectively block the processes of bacterial proliferation and putrefaction. Among the Romans, however, it was customary to use the essential oils of thyme to preserve foodstuffs, to deodorize rooms and fabrics and to keep scorpions away. Pliny recommended it against insect bites and epileptic attacks while, centuries later, Charlemagne used it to instill courage in his knights during battles.

Methods for extracting Thyme essential oil

Thyme essential oil is produced in the laboratory by drying the flowers and leaves of the plant with a method called steam distillation. This process, however, can hardly be reproduced at home but there is an alternative (“cold”) way, easier to obtain it. The ingredients are: 250 ml of extra virgin olive oil (almond or even wheat germ) and 250 g of fresh leaves and / or flowers, as long as they are organic and free of pesticides. Leaves and flowers must be collected in the morning and, after having washed and dried them carefully, put them in a plastic bag and macerate: in this way the oil will start to come out. It is combined with the vegetable oil, placed in a place protected from direct light for a couple of days and then the mixture is filtered with gauze.

The many phytotherapeutic properties of thyme essential oil

Thyme essential oil has many properties and can be used as a phytotherapeutic remedy, to flavor delicious dishes or as a perfume to deodorize and purify environments. Being a very powerful antiseptic, thyme essential oil can be used, for example, in the form of a compress in case of small wounds or as an alternative to common antibiotics. Furthermore, thyme essential oil is known to be an excellent antifungal, vermifuge, antispasmodic, antiviral and healing agent. It is a tonic that stimulates the mind and has an excellent relaxing and calming action. Thyme essential oil, among other things, acts on the immune system and is one of the best antidotes against flu symptoms as it helps relieve fever, cough and cold.

Thyme essential oil: Useful recipes

The beneficial action of thyme essential oil is due to the great abundance of thymol and carvacrol, flavonoids, vitamin K, iron, calcium and manganese, as well as other very important elements present in smaller dosages. Thanks to the various active ingredients contained in this oil, it is possible to intervene in the treatment of many specific ailments (remembering to always ask for the advice of a specialist before proceeding with self-medication). In the situation, for example, of rheumatic and muscular pains, the area to be treated is massaged with 5 drops of thyme essential oil and as many drops of rosemary and hypericum. On the other hand, when you suffer from a cold headache, massage the nape and shoulder area with 3 drops of thyme oil, one of cinnamon and 3 of star anise.

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