We all know thyme as a common herb used to enhance the flavor of food. It has a pleasant taste that adds a savory and herbaceous element to dishes. Thyme is a member of the genus Thymus and belongs to the Lamiaceae family.
There are many species of genus Thymus, but the most cultivated for culinary purposes is the Thymus Vulgaris which is a flowering plant that also belongs to the Lamiaceae family. What keeps the Thymus Zygis apart from other species of thyme is that Thymus Zygis is a gynodioecious, a breeding system found in some flowering plant species. Gynodioecy occurs as a result of a genetic mutation of plants. There is less than 1% of plants that exhibit the breeding system with Thymus Zygis being one among them.
Several species of thyme are used in making thyme essential oil that includes thymus zygis and thymus vulgaris. Thyme oil contains several compounds that offer many benefits. These compounds include carvacrol, thymol, linalool, cineol, camphor, and borneol, which are beneficial for different uses of thyme essential oil.
Health benefits offered by thyme essential oil
There is some evidence that shows that thyme essential oil is beneficial in reducing acne by eliminating bacteria.
Thyme essential oil, when mixed with other essential oils, coupled with massage, can be used as a treatment for hair loss or alopecia areata.
When mixed with primrose, thyme oil has shown to be effective in reducing cough and respiratory tract infections like the common cold. A study has shown that thyme oil is thought to have antispasmodic properties.
A study published in the Journal of Lipid Research showed that thyme oil is potentially beneficial for people with heart disease. The study revealed that thyme oil was an effective anti-inflammatory agent, and it also has cardioprotective capabilities.
A recent study has documented the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of thymol, making it ideal for oral health. Thymol in thyme essential oil is effective at reducing oral inflammation and infection.
Thyme essential oil is ideal for treating common skin problems such as fungal infections.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Turin, Italy, found that thyme essential oil significantly enhanced the destruction of Candida albicans fungus, the fungus that causes a yeast infection.
Useful in killing mosquitos, especially tiger mosquitos
Mosquitos are carriers of diseases, and a single bite can cause symptoms of flu and other ailments that cause health deterioration. Tiger mosquito, native to tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia, is known around the world as the carrier of Yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile virus, among others. A study conducted at Chungbuk National University in South Korea reported that thymol in thyme, when combined with carvacrol and alpha-terpinene, was effective in killing tiger mosquitos.
Helps in prolonging the stability of cooking oil
Lipid oxidation causes food to lose quality, safety, stability, and nutritional value. It is a serious problem during food processing and storage that many have to face. A few scientists from Warsaw, Poland, examined thyme extracts and its ability to prolong the stability of cooking oil. These scientists suggested that thyme might be a potent antioxidant that will help stabilize sunflower oil. As there is no conclusive evidence to prove this, there is a need for more studies to be conducted.
Like many other essential oils, thyme essential oil is a great source to calm the mind and the body. It is sometimes used in aromatherapy to warm the body and foster a great sense of self-confidence.
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The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither Sixth Scents nor its products are intended for the purpose of diagnosing, treating, curing, or preventing any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. Sixth Scents essential oils are intended for topical use only. For internal use always work with a certified aromatherapist or physician.