essential oil has been in use since the time of the Romans. Both red
and white thyme oils are manufactured commercially and are in products
ranging from cough drops to perfumes. White thyme oil is made by
re-distilling red thyme oil. Red thyme oil has a higher amount of
phenols, which the oils are prized for, but is more expensive than white
thyme essential oil contains phenols that have antimicrobial
properties, which can inhibit growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses.
While these antimicrobial properties exist, they are not foolproof,
according to the results of a study published in the October, 2008 issue
of "Meat Science." The thyme essential oil in the study only inhibited
E. coli at certain concentrations and temperatures, reveals study author
phenols found in white thyme essential oil also have invigorating and
warming properties, according to the All 4 Natural Health website. The
oil can be used topically in a liniment or utilized to boost blood
circulation, according to the Intekom website. Such a boost enhances
nutrient and oxygen delivery in the body.
thyme oil can be added to massage oils to help relieve rheumatism,
advises the Botanical site. It can also help with sore muscles and
thyme oil is useful for fighting bacterial and viral infections when
inhaled. The best way to utilize the oil is with a vaporizer, advises
Yogawiz. It can aid in treating pulmonary, urinary and intestinal
with thyme oil also helps clear a person's airways. This is one of the
longest-standing folk medicine uses of thyme, according to Natural
Standard. Thyme oil acts as an expectorant, helping to clear mucus from
the lungs and throat. The oil also is a common ingredient in lozenges
and cough drops that people use when fighting off respiratory ailments.
thyme oil is used commercially in mouthwash and toothpaste, where it is
added to help reduce plaque formation and gingivitis, according to
The fragrance in white thyme oil is extensively used commercially in soaps, detergents and perfumes, according to Botanical.