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Guide to Thyme Essential Oil

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Guide to Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme is a traditional herb from the mint family with innumerable benefits. Ancient Greeks and Romans burned this herb in holy places for its invigorating aroma and purification abilities.

Scientific Name / Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Odor strength: Medium to Strong
Aroma: Spicy and Herbal
Plant part: Leaves


Promotes alertness of mind
The stimulating aroma of thyme essential oil promotes alertness and enhances mental clarity.
Respiratory Relief
It has soothing properties that can help alleviate symptoms of respiratory disorders such as cough, congestion, and bronchitis.
Skin Soother
Its gentle cleansing properties help purify the skin and promote healthy-looking skin.
Hair and Scalp Boost
Thyme essential oil boosts hair growth and scalp health by stimulating the scalp, strengthening hair follicles, and preventing hair loss.
Insect Repellent
Its potent scent acts as a natural insect repellent, helping to ward off insects and bugs.

Ways to use

Disinfectant and insect repellent

Thyme oil has antimicrobial and insecticidal properties which makes it a good surface cleaner and insect repellent.

Step 1:

Combine one cup vinegar and one cup water in a spray bottle

Step 2:
Add 30 drops of thyme oil to the spray bottle
Step 3:
Shake bottle to combine well
Step 4:
Spray on countertops, floors, sinks and other surfaces

Hair care

Thyme oil can be added to shampoos, conditioners or hair masks to control dandruff, eliminate lice and soothe scalp.

Step 1:

Add a drop of thyme oil to a tablespoon of shampoo

Step 2:
Apply shampoo oil mixture to hair
Step 3:
Rinse off

Herbal steam

This steam inhalation is soothing for those with cold, cough and congestion

Step 1:

Fill a pot with water

Step 2:
Bring water to boil and switch off
Step 3:
Add 6 drops of Thyme essential oil to water
Step 4:
Hold a towel over the head and close the eyes before bending over the water
Step 5:
Deep Inhale the steam


  • Avoid use of Thyme essential oil around pets
  • Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and sensitive areas.
  • Never apply essential oils to the skin or scalp directly. It is highly recommended to dilute the oil using a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation.
  • Do a patch test before topical use to make sure there are no allergic reactions to any essential oil.
  • If you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication; consult a physician before use.
  • Keep away from pets