Monday, 11 March 2013

Thyme Sweet Essential Oil (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool)


sprigs of thyme
Thyme Sweet (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool)
: the bactericidal oil.  Thyme oil is not much used in massage or perfumery.  It is a mild skin and mucous membrane irritant.  The aroma is fresh, medicinal and herbaceous. A stimulating oil its principal constituent Thymol is one of the most useful alcohols in aromatherapy for its bactericidal properties which are more powerful than peroxide.  Thyme oil finds application in the treatment of acne spots.

This oil is also antifungal making it an oil of choice alongside lemon oil for the cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom.  Simply fill a 16oz bottle with water and add essential oil shaking well. Hygiene is very important in hospitals - surgery is impractical without it.  With concern rising about antibiotic resistant bacteria its interesting to reflect that bacteria dont acquire resistance to essential oils like thyme oil.  This is because essential oils act on bacterial cell membranes for example making them more porous and preventing the bacteria replicating.

For its bactericidal properties Thyme oil finds its way into many over the counter products for example toothpaste and mouthwash. 

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