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Uses for Thyme Essential Oil Cream To Relieve Congestion Comforting Aromatherapy
Medicinal Herb Thyme
Thyme has a long history of use in natural medicine in connection with chest and respiratory problems including coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion. In my home I always keep Thyme creams and bath essences and essential oil in the cabinet. Ever since my children were small, we have used this incredible herb to soothe, comfort and help with chest congestion. At the first sign of a runny nose I would draw a "thyme bath" that they would soak in while inhaling the aromatic vapors. After they bathed, they would place a thyme cream on their chest in place of that sticky vapor stuff, I won't name names, but we have all been there. You know, the one that your Mother would glob on and your pajamas would stick to your chest all night.
Properties of Thyme
We all know that thyme the herb is great for cooking and is high in iron. When the oil is extracted from the fresh or partly dried flowering tops and leaves of the plant by water or steam distillation, you have the powerful medicinal essential oil. Thyme has many therapeutic properties but the one I am referring to in this article is use as an expectorant. It helps cure infections causing cough and cold and opens congestion, thereby giving relief from cough and cold.
Researchers discovered recently some of the components in thyme that bring about its healing effects. The volatile oil components of thyme are now known to include Carvacrol, borneol, geraniol, but most importantly, thymol.
Research has shown that thymol can cure and treat abscesses, ulcers and wounds. In fact, several people disinfect sick rooms with thymol.
Carvacrol inhibits the growth of several bacterial strains.
Borneol treats bronchitis, coughs and colds.
Geraniol is a natural antioxidant.
Thyme essential oil drops can be placed in the bath. You can place a few drops in hot water to fill the air with the healing aromatherapy, or place a few drops in a diffuser. There is also many thyme bath essences and body creams available in the market as well as diffusers.
My family and I have been using thyme to soothe and heal us when we are under the weather. Once you bathe in it, breath it in, and massage the cream on your skin, you know you are on your way to a quick recovery.