Thyme essential oils have been used since the time of the Romans. This particular essential oil comes in two different forms: red thyme oil and white thyme oil. The anti-microbial properties of the naturally occurring phenols of the thyme oils make them excellent candidates for topical application in personal care products.
White thyme oil is made by re-distilling red thyme oil. The red thyme is more expensive because it contains more phenols and thus has improved efficacy in anti-microbial uses. White thyme oil is frequently used for fighting bacterial and viral infections when it is inhaled. Both oils have the ability to aid rheumatism when used in massage oils as well as soothe sore muscles and sciatica (weakness or tingling in the leg due to injury or pressure on the sciatic nerve).
Along with its healing abilities when inhaled and when used topically in massage oil, thyme oil can also be ingested and is a common ingredient in cough syrups and lozenges. It acts as an expectorant to clear airways of mucus so the lungs and throat are able to heal from respiratory infections. Since the oil can aid in treating pulmonary, urinary, and intestinal infections, it is beneficial to be ingested as a vapor. Because thyme essential oil is safe to ingest, it is commonly used as an ingredient in natural toothpaste and aids in the reduction of plaque and gingivitis.
Because white thyme and red thyme essential oils are used so commonly through topical application and ingested in a variety of wellness products, people are benefiting from these oils on a daily basis. The benefits of these oils are countless and can be replaced by few other ingredients.