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Thyme oil

Last Updated on 14/02/2024 by Liz @ HealthTenfold

Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and mostly known for its uses in the kitchen. Adding a pinch of thyme to a grilled chicken takes the dish to another level. However, thyme has had throughout history (and still has) much more to offer.

For thousands of years, this herb has been used for several reasons. Ancient Roman soldiers exchanged thyme as a sign of respect and courage. Greeks burned bundles of thyme to purify their homes and temples. During the Middle Ages, when the Black Plague devastated the world, thyme was one of the main ingredients to treat this awful disease. And with good reason! Nowadays scientists have discovered and confirmed that one of thyme’s main compounds, thymol, is a powerful antiseptic that kills a huge array of bacteria.

Thyme oil keeps your hands germ-free

Thyme oil is rich in compounds that have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties such as carvacrol, thymol, linalool, cineol, camphor, and borneol.

Thyme is often added to hand sanitizers, toothpaste, and mouthwashes since it effectively kills an array of bacteria and viruses.

A very simple hand sanitizer can be done by adding 10-12 drops of thyme oil to 1 ounce of coconut oil. Thyme will get rid of the germs and coconut will keep your hands moisturized.

Ps! I don’t think this gets said enough these days – washing your hands often and thoroughly is still very important!

Most recommended:

Thyme Pure Essential Oil

Manufactured by Spark Naturals.

Check the great reviews. Only pure oils, no additives.

Natural bug repellent

We live on this planet with some bugs we just want to keep away from us, whether they are mosquitos, ticks or even moths and beetles that sometimes end up in our kitchens. 

However, a lot of wide-spread insect repellents contain a pesticide called DEET, an active ingredient that is present in many common bug sprays. Scientists have been studying for a long time now whether it is safe for humans or not. And also where to draw the line – how much DEET is too much in a product. Many countries have banned the sale of products that have a high concentration of DEET. Besides this, DEET is known to damage plastic and other synthetical materials and it’s recommended to wash off of your skin afterward.

However, there are also more natural ways to keep those nasty bugs away. You can use thyme oil to make your all-natural bug repellent that actually works as effectively as the ones that do contain DEET (and even with longer duration than the ones that contain DEET).

Thyme oil bug spray

The recipe is as simple as that:

  • Pour 2 ounces of water to an empty spray bottle.
  • Add 5-6 drops of thyme oil and shake the bottle thoroughly

Done! The effect can last for 2-3 hours.

PS! Thyme oil spray is a non-toxic fungicide/herbicide and gets more and more used in gardens as well to keep plants like spinach, citrus, and tomatoes insects free!

Send moths packing

Place dried thyme, lavender, eucalyptus and mint into a fabric pouch and place it into your closet. Moths hate the smell of those herbs and will soon leave your premises. Be sure to refresh the pouch after some months!

Thyme oil to boost energy

Feeling positive and energized is an important part of improving one’s health. To affect your mood positively and boost your energy:

  • Add 1-2 drops of thyme oil and 1-2 drops of lemon oil to your diffuser or vaporizer.

As the aroma spreads through your room, feel the energy rising and your mood improving.

Using thyme to boost energy works because thyme stimulates blood circulation and provides metabolic boosts.

Thyme oil also blends well with grapefruit and orange oil so you can also use those in your diffuser instead of lemon oil.

Will you like the smell of thyme oil?

Thyme oil is not very aromatic oil.  It doesn’t have a strong smell and its best described as a warm, a little bit sweet, and hay-like aroma. Simply put, it’s not an essential oil you would buy for its smell, it’s an oil that is bought for its other benefits. However, thyme oil blends well with some very nice smelling essential oils, like lavender, rosemary, and grapefruit essential oils. So you can easily great a blend that smells great.

Most recommended:

Thyme Pure Essential Oil

Manufactured by Spark Naturals.

Check the great reviews. Only pure oils, no additives.


Thyme oil has been used since ancient times and for a good reason! It can be used in many forms and ways and it has shown to have benefits for health and other areas in life.

PS! It’s not recommended to put undiluted thyme oil on the skin as thyme oil is known to act as a skin allergen. Always mix it with a carrier oil like coconut oiljojoba oil or sweet almond oil.

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