Botanical Name: Thymus zygis
Country of Origin: UK
Plant Part: Whole Herb
Distillation Method: Steam Distilled
About the Oil
This essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops of organically grown Thyme herb. "Benchmark" thyme actually refers to the company which 'designed' this oil - 'Benchmark Oils' of the UK. The essential oil is actually a blend of four 100% pure essential oils from different strains of Thymus zygis, each strain having a slightly different natural chemical profiles. It was developed by Maggie Tisserand, a pioneer of aroma-medicine, to specifically treat infections of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The result is somewhat a cross between two essential oils thought to have potent anti-bacterial properties: Thyme and Tea Tree.
'Engineered' Antibacterial Activity One of the 'active' components of Tea Tree essential oil is called "terpenine-4-ol". It has been studied for its antibacterial properties, and is somewhat effective on its own. Yet as is the case with many natural therapeutics, this component works in conjunctoin with others in the essential oil. By creating a Thyme essential oil, containing thymol, carvacrol, and other constituents, also having terpenine-4-ol, Benchmark Oils has developed what appears to be the only single compound capable of destroying the MRSA bacteria, while still being gentle enough to not harm healthy tissue. While oregano essential oil is considered the most potent of the essential oils evaluated for their antibacterial activity, we believe 'Benchmark Thyme' to be a better choice. Oregano oil is so 'hot', that it really should not be used on the skin, except in the most dilute formulas. 'Benchmark' Thyme, however, will not burn the skin at 100% concentration, and is safe for use at a 5% dilution in the carrier oil of your choice. Research has shown it to be highly effective.
This Thyme essential oil has a bright lemon and eucalyptus-like top note followed by a musty, mossy, herbaceous middle note and slightly balsamic, woody undertones. This oil blends well with: Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Cedarwood, Oregano and Rosemary Oil.
Roman soldiers soaked in a bath infused with Thyme oil before battle to absorb it's physical healing and spiritually courageous properties.
The Middle Ages saw Thyme prescribed for a wide range of ailments including: paralysis, leprosy, body lice and as a general antimicrobial and antiviral tonic used externally and internally.
As time progressed, the uses of Thyme oil became more broad spectrum. It was employed in pre and post-surgical dressings, to prevent and kill the yellow fever virus (transmitted by mosquitoes) during WWI. More recently, it's antioxidant properties have been explored regarding natural food preservation and studies on many forms of cancer.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Anthelmintic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiparasitic, Antiputrescent, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic (intestinal, pulmonary, genito-urinary), Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Antitoxic, Astringent, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Cictrisant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Hypertensive, Nervine, Revulsive, Rubefacient, Stimulant (immune system, circulatory), Sudorific, Tonic, Vermifuge.
First and foremost, Thyme essential oil is one of the most powerful natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents known to the medical community. According to Jean Valnet, M.D., Thyme oil kills the anthrax bacillus, the typhoid bacillus, meningococcus, and the agent responsible for tuberculosis and is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria.
- Instills spiritual fortitude
- Dispels despondency, lack of motivation and lethargy
- Revives and fortifies energy
- Can relieve depressive states of withdrawal, pessimism, insecurity and self-doubt
- Aids with cases of nervous-related disability and chronic anxiety
- Can support the alleviation of chronic fatigue
- Aids with concentration, focus and memory recensionImmune System
- Stimulates white blood cell production (strengthening immune defenses)Circulatory
- Increases blood flow and pressure
- Stimulates the capillaries (can aid with anemia and hair loss)
- Strengthens the heart beat
- Can aid in cleansing the vein and artery wallsRespiratory
- Fortifies and stimulates effective lung function
- Serves to loosen and clear chest, lung and sinus congestion
- Quells persistent coughing
- Treats bronchitis tonsillitis and laryngitis
- Quells asthmatic symptomsDigestive
- Calms nausea
- Stimulates appetite
- Eases abdominal distension and bloating
- Relieves indigestion and intestinal gas
- Combats gastroenteritis (viral stomach flu)Oral
- Effective against gingivitis and plaque-caused organisms in the mouth (it is used in Listerine mouthwash for this reason)Neuromuscular
- Helps eliminate excess uric acid from the body thereby treating conditions such as gout, sciatica, arthritis, and rheumatism
- Relieves pain and aches from injuries
- Warms and lubricates the jointsApplication and Use
- For support of wound-care, create a 5% dilution of Benchmark Thyme oil in Virgin Coconut or Tamanu Nut oil. Both of these carriers are thought to have antibacterial properties themselves, and may aid in healing wounds without scars. This blend can be applied under dressings, or once the would has healed enough, dressing may no longer be required.
- Blend with Myrtle essential oil to calm spasmodic coughing.
- An aqueous solution of 5% Thyme oil is able to kill typus bactillus, colon bactillus, staphylococcus and streptococcusin a matter of minutes.
- May be used in a nebulizing diffuser or a steam inhaler in small quantities (1-10 drops).
- When combined with fenugreek, Thyme works to relieve the pain of migraine headaches.Safety
A generally non-toxic essential oil, the main component in Thyme oil is Thymol, a powerful antiseptic that can be toxic if used improperly and has history of irritating the skin in undiluted use. A small amount should always be tested first for sensitivity or allergic reaction and careful measurement of dosage is required for topical, aromatherapy and internal uses. Avoid use if pregnant or have high blood pressure.