According to recent studies, thyme essential oil and its active compound thymol are powerful antiseptic and antibacterial agents. Thymol is often a part of antibacterial and antiseptic wipes thanks to its powerful properties. Other studies have also been able to discover that thymol can reduce pain. It may seem strange nowadays, but actually people have been using thyme oil to reduce pain in the past.
A Study Discovers Thyme Oil Is A Better Painkiller Than Ibuprofen!
An Iranian study from the University of Babol found out that thyme is a great natural painkiller which works even better than most pain-relieving drugs such as Ibuprofen. The study was performed on 84 women with primary dysmenorrhea aged 18-24. If you’re not familiar with the term, primary dysmenorrhea is heavy menstrual syndrome which comes with painful cramps, nausea, headaches, back pain and dizziness. The condition affects young women usually after 2 years of menstruation and doesn’t cause pelvic pain during the other parts of the menstrual cycle.
The scientists divided the women into 2 groups – one was given thyme, while the other was given Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen helped, but the results in the thyme group were far more effective.
Here are some of the other health benefits of thyme oil:
Thyme oil is a great natural antiseptic agent that can prevent infections on wounds and accelerate the skin’s recovery. This occurs due to the presence of compounds such as camphene and caryophyllene.
A Natural Tonic
Thyme oil will boost your circulation and improve the function of your cardiovascular, digestive, circulatory and skeletal system, while also reinforcing your immune system.
Reduces High Blood Pressure
Thyme oil has show it can relieve high blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Improper circulation and high uric acid levels in the blood are the two main causes of rheumatism, arthritis and gout. Luckily, thyme oil can help in both cases. It can improve your circulation and assist with the elimination process, effectively reducing the pain caused by these inflammatory diseases.
Besides these benefits, thyme oil can also destroy nail fungus and can be used for candidiasis, vaginitis and urinary tract and bladder infections. It can be used to prepare homemade hand sanitizer and can also be used to wash away pesticide residue from produce. When used as a hair or skin tonic, thyme oil can improve their quality and health. The oil can kill parasites as well and prevent insects from entering your home.
Mixed with carrier oils such as coconut, olive, grapeseed or jojoba oil, thyme can become a powerful remedy for alopecia areata. Due to possible irritation, it’s best to use the oil in blends – it works best when mixed with grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, rosemary and pine oil.