Thyme (White) essential oil is an uplifting and reviving oil with a medicinal and herbaceous scent and a warming effect. It is pale yellow in colour and is steam distilled from the thyme shrub. It is known for being a circulatory stimulant that is excellent in massage blends to alleviate cramps and muscular aches, increase the mobility of stiff joints and combat fatigue.
White thyme essential oil contains phenols that have antimicrobial properties, which can inhibit growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses. While these antimicrobial properties exist, they are not foolproof, according to the results of a study published in the October, 2008 issue of "Meat Science." The thyme essential oil in the study only inhibited E. coli at certain concentrations and temperatures, reveals study author N. Solomakos.
The phenols found in white thyme essential oil also have invigorating and warming properties, according to the All 4 Natural Health website. The oil can be used topically in a liniment or utilized to boost blood circulation, according to the Intekom website. Such a boost enhances nutrient and oxygen delivery in the body.
White thyme oil can be added to massage oils to help relieve rheumatism, advises the Botanical site. It can also help with sore muscles and sciatica.
White thyme oil is useful for fighting bacterial and viral infections when inhaled. The best way to utilize the oil is with a vaporizer, advises Yogawiz. It can aid in treating pulmonary, urinary and intestinal infections.
Vapor with thyme oil also helps clear a person’s airways. This is one of the longest-standing folk medicine uses of thyme, according to Natural Standard. Thyme oil acts as an expectorant, helping to clear mucus from the lungs and throat. The oil also is a common ingredient in lozenges and cough drops that people use when fighting off respiratory ailments.