Many studies have shown that thymol, which can be found in thyme essential oil is an active compound and it contains powerful antiseptic properties. Actually, most of the mouthwash products and antiseptic wipes contain thymol in their chemical structure.
In addition, a recent study showed that thyme oil can even soothe pain. However, this shouldn’t be so surprising, due to the fact that numerous traditional medicines contain thyme oil and other essential oils and were used as pain killers.
A Study Found That Thyme Oil As A Pain Reliever Works Better Than Ibuprofen
A study, conducted by a team of researchers at The Iran`s Babol University of Medical Sciences, has confirmed that aside from being a powerful pain-reliever, thymol also helps soothe the pain of heavy menstruation even better than Ibuprofen. The research involved 84 female university students who dealt with difficult menstruations. Their ages ranged between 15 and 24 years old, and all were suffering from dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea is a condition that is manifested by pelvic pain and painful cramping, which is sometimes accompanied with symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness and back pain. However, secondary dysmenorrhea indicates that the pain arises from another condition or illness. The researchers also emphasized that the definition of primary dysmenorrheal, which can only appear within two years from the first menstruation, is not associated with pain during any of the other parts of the cycle. Moreover, it is known that painful menses are more common in younger women during their first years since the menarche.
Various Beneficial Health Properties of Thyme Oil
– Antirheumatic: The thyme oil improves obstructed circulation and prevents the accumulation of uric acid in the blood. These can cause health problems such as arthritis, gout and rheumatism. Due to the fact that it is a diuretic, it can also assist in the elimination of toxins in the body. It is also a stimulant and as such it increases circulation and solves circulation-connected problems separately.
– Hypertensive: This property is beneficial for persons who suffer from low blood pressure. These individuals are prone to falling unconscious and feeling drowsy and fatigued. Thyme oil raises the blood pressure in an all natural way and keeps it balanced.
– Tonic: It tones up the nervous system, the digestive system, the heart and circulatory system, the skin, the muscles etc.
– Antiseptic: Thyme oil has great antiseptic properties and as such it protects wounds from various infections. These antiseptic properties are due to the presence of Camphene and Caryophyllene.
– It can be used to kill off parasites;
– It can be used as insect repellent;
– It is used in natural hand sanitizers;
– 1% solution can be used as an antibacterial wash;
– It blends well with grapefruit, lemon, pine, bergamot and lavender;
– Mix thyme with cedarwood, lavender and rosemary with a mixture of jojoba oils and grapeseed to treat alopecia areata;
– It can be used to kill off nail fungus;
– It can be used as a face wash, in order to treat acne and warts or as a hair tonic;
– Crushed thyme or diluted thyme oil can be used as a first aid for insect stings and bites;
– You can apply some undiluted thyme oil on animal bites, boils, athlete`s foot etc. However, make sure to protect the skin with some skin cream;
– Adding thyme oil to hot compress can help relieve rheumatic pain, muscle pain, sports injuries, sprains, gout and sciatica;
– The regular consumption of thyme oil has been proven to increase the amount of DHA in the brain cell membranes, the kidney and in the heart;
– Thymol, the active compound in thyme oil, protects the healthy fats in cell membranes;
– Thymol has been shown to aid the healing processes by increasing blood flow to the skin;
– As a diuretic, thyme oil has beneficial properties and can be used when treating urinary tract infections (UTI) and infections of the bladder and kidney;
– Use thyme essential oil for a massage in order to stimulate menstruation or missing periods;
– It can be used in the treatment of candida and vaginitis.
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