- Use as a natural insect repellent while gardening or hiking.
- Add a few drops to a veggie capsule to access the internal benefits.
- Diffuse with Bergamot, Grapefruit, or Lavender essential oils.
- In your next recipe that calls for thyme, use a toothpick’s amount up to one drop of Thyme oil instead of the dried herb.
- Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and apply topically for a soothing massage.
What is Thyme Good For?
More than just a delicious seasoning, the perennial herb also produces a potent essential oil with powerful benefits. Thyme has been used since ancient times to support the immune and respiratory systems* and healthy-looking skin. It was also used as a purifier and preservative.
The main chemical constituent of Thyme essential oil is thymol. Thymol promotes healthy immune function and provides antioxidant support.* Another of Thyme’s constituents is carvacrol. Carvacrol also contains antioxidant properties and supports the health of the circulatory, immune, respiratory, musculoskeletal, digestive, and nervous systems.* Both thymol and carvacrol are also cleansing and purifying.
How Do You Use Thyme Oil?
When taken internally, Thyme essential oil supports a healthy immune system,* which means you are protected against all those pesky environmental threats that steal away your time and energy and keep you from feeling your best.
Thyme essential oil also provides powerful antioxidant properties when taken internally,* keeping you “younger, longer” by protecting your cells from the effects of nasty free radicals.*
To take Thyme oil internally, add a few drops to a veggie capsule. You can also use it in your cooking! Because Thyme essential oil is more potent than the dried herb, start with just a toothpick’s amount. You can always add more if it needs the flavor!
Can Thyme Oil Be Applied to Skin?
There are also benefits to using Thyme topically. Thyme essential oil is cleansing and can be used on the skin to purify and promote healthy-looking skin. You might also try applying Thyme to the spine or bottoms of the feet.
Be aware that due to the high thymol content, Thyme oil should be diluted before topical application to minimize any skin sensitivity. To dilute, use doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil or another carrier oil of your choice.