Every month NAHA, The National Organization of Holistic Aromatherapy, gives a webinar for free to all its members. This past one was on Thyme. Did you know that Thyme has a number of chemotypes? The higher up a mountain it grows the safer the chemotype. Thyme stimulates chi, warmth, dispels cold, tones the heart and strengthens the heartbeat. In Greek "thymus" means courage. Roman soldiers would bathe with it this herb before a battle.
The first of the four types grow at sea level. Thyme CT Thymol is a very strong, hot oil. It contains mostly phenols which are generally. It's a strong antioxidant and is a good anti-inflammatory. It's also great for wound healing. BUT, it should only be used at a 1% dilution because of the hot phenols. I cant say it enough, its a very very strong oil. You won't need much of it.
Thujanol (or thuyanol) is much gentler than the thymol chemotype, grows about midway up a mountain and is distilled from the leaves. Its non-toxic and non-irritating and can be used diluted even in homemade mouthwash. It's only generally produced for medical aromatherapy. A great antibacterial, it stimulates the Central Nervous System and seems to help with mild depression and fatigue. Because it is nuero-tonic be careful diffusing it, use very little of this oil.
Thyme with the chemotype geraniol grows at an even higher elevation. Its sweeter & more floral; has a slightly more rose scent to it. Its chemical elements are balanced with geraniol and linalool. Well suited for children since its non-irritating and has a gentle quality. IT has a GRAS status meaning it is generally safe for use. Does have possible drug interaction- its's choleretic can increase production of bile from the liver.
Thyme CT Linalool is distilled from its flowers and leaves and grows at the highest elevation of all the thyme chemotypes. It's safest for children and safest of all thyme plants. Great for viral infections and has an affinity for the bronchial area. It's been used for a Whooping cough and pneumonia & walking pneumonia. It's ideal for skin applications. This oils also has GRAS status.
So, the higher up a mountain you go, the safer the types of Thyme oils get.
Thymus vulgaris has a number of therapeutic properties: It can be used as a topical compress, mixed in an ointment, for skin care, in massage & in a bath. Just remember to only use these oils at 1-2% dilution in applications, BUT CT thymol1% or less dilution.
Thyme oils are contraindicated for those with hypertension and epilepsy. And for those who have a hyperthyroid condition, it can stimulate thyroid in high dosages so this oil is wise to avoid with those who suffer from this condition.
There are tons of great studies that have been conducted with this oil and cancer, bacterial infections, acne, yeast infections, black mold, treating fungal skin lesions and even the West Nile virus. Just please use with caution and get advice when necessary.