Once Upon a Thyme

Posted on 2023-10-29

[Mick] How do you use thyme?

When I remember, I apply it to the soles of the feet if someone has a viral illness. It can be rubbed on the throat for sore throats, rubbed on the chest and back (so, over the lungs) for lung ailments (coughs, pneumonia, bronchitis, congestion), and it can be rubbed on swollen lymph glands. But what I usually use it for is mosquito bites… the tiniest drop of thyme oil rubbed on a mosquito bite kills the itch almost instantly, and helps the swelling go down quickly. I use it undiluted on mosquito bites and on the soles of the feet; but for rubbing over the lungs or on lymph nodes, I would dilute it in something like olive oil (perhaps two or 3 drops of essential oil to a half-teaspoon of olive oil). It wouldn’t be a bad idea to dilute it for application to the feet; but from what I have read, “neat” application to the feet is acceptable. Marie V., is this correct, or am I misinformed?

[Marie] Meet to the feet is acceptable 😃
Easy to remember as it rhymes

[Mick] P.S. From the website where I buy most of my essential oils: “[Thyme oil] is Anthelmintic [it kills worms], Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiparasitic, Anti putrescent, Antirheumatic, Antiseptic (intestinal, pulmonary, Genito-urinary), Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Antitoxic, Astringent, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Cictrisant [I think they meant “cicatrisant” which means it promotes the healing of wounds], Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Hypertensive, Nervine, Revulsive, Rubefacient, Stimulant (immune system, circulatory), Sudorific, Tonic, Vermifuge. Thyme essential oil is one of the most powerful natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents known.”

1 Comment

  1. Linda Henry

    Do you think thyme oil would be helpful for the itching from Guttate Psoriasis? Thank you!

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