Thyme essential oil commonly found in PHYTO5 skincare especially the Metal element line (see list of products in which this oil is used end of this article) is widely used in home remedies, aromatherapy, skin and hair care products, mouthwashes and herbal rinses, and even insect repellents. The oil is steam distilled from the evergreen perennial herb. It belongs to the same family as peppermint, lavender, marjoram, basil and oregano and is produced mostly in Asia, southern Europe, the Mediterranean and North America.
Fresh, spicy, herbaceous, aromatic and green, its leaves may be tiny but they’re incredibly powerful. For this reason, thyme essential oil must always be diluted in a carrier oil such as avocado or almond oil because it is a potent dermal and mucous membrane irritant when used alone.
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Thyme has historically been utilized in medicine, cosmetics, food, perfume, incense and Greek, Egyptian and Roman embalming rituals. The ancient Greeks burned thyme as incense for a variety of sacred ceremonies as a symbol of courage, fortitude and admiration.
Whether thyme is utilized as a tea, tincture, syrup or essential oil, thyme’s main areas of remediation are digestive complaints, respiratory problems, circulatory sluggishness, muscle and joint discomfort and the prevention and treatment of infection. It is a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent. As a case in point, dried thyme was burned in hospitals of old for its powerful germ-killing ability to prevent the spread of infection.
Thyme also works to alleviate bronchial and intestinal disruptions and is widely used as a decontaminant for food products.
The essential oil of thyme in skincare provides skin conditions with a clean surface to inhibit surface bacteria. As a result, acneic skin may benefit from not only remarkable healing but antiseptic toning as well.
Thyme essential oil lends to skincare formulations tonic properties for aging skin along with relief from the itching and tightness of dry skin.
Perhaps most importantly when it comes to skincare, thyme essential oil helps to increase facial blood circulation thus improving the complexion and rendering a more youthful look.
As the oil perks up the skin through improved blood circulation, tissue repair, skin renewal and fortified skin result. The better blood flow thyme makes possible distributes nutrients throughout the body and skin, in particular, oxygen. Improved circulation assists the carrying away of metabolic wastes, toxicity and pathogens that must be eliminated for overall health as well as luminous clear skin. This proper blood flow ensures even skin tone, nutrient delivery to the skin cells and necessary detoxification of the skin—a key factor in healthy, glowing skin.
Thyme essential oil can be both stimulating and relaxing to the psyche. What results is a regulation of emotion. The clarifying, refreshing scent of thyme has always been believed to help heal sorrow, generate courage, strengthen the will, dispel fear and mental instability, relieve the dreamer of nightmares, restore one from nervous exhaustion and release melancholy. It almost literally disinfects the mind from potentially toxic thoughts and patterns.
The emotion of the Fall season of the Metal element in Chinese medicine is sadness. For this reason, thyme essential oil is a key component in PHYTO5 Metal element skin and haircare as it helps to restore us to a sense that all is well. Lightly inhaling just one drop of Metal Phyt’Ether serum in the palm of your hand can lessen feelings of sadness or grief and restore a feeling of contentment, even joy, to your being. The serum now comes in two sizes: 1 oz. and the pocket size 0.16 oz.
Other PHYTO5 Skincare Products with Thyme Essential Oil:
Young, Kac. The Healing Art of Essential Oils: a Guide to 50 Oils for Remedy, Ritual, and Everyday Use. Llewellyn Publications, 2017.