When you think of thyme, you might think of yummy dishes seasoned with this pungent herb. However, thyme is also an effective remedy. There are six types of thyme, making the essential oil one of the most varying oils in aromatherapy. I will be focusing on two specific chemotypes: Thymus vulgaris ct. linalol, and Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol. Both have specific properties that affect how they should be used.
Today I will be looking at the linelol chemotype. (My information comes from the Aromatic Wisdom Institute’s data on thyme.)
Thyme linelol is very gentle, making it helpful for children who need a gentle and effective immune system boost. It is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal. It helps to relax muscles, making it useful for spasms and cramps, and calms the nervous system, encouraging feelings of courage, willpower, and confidence.
Linelol, because of its gentleness, is safer to use on the skin than other types of thyme (although of course, it should still be properly diluted).
Of course, due to the different types of thyme, it’s important to remember that simply using a bottle of essential oil marked “thyme” does not mean you are using the right kind! Pay attention to the chemotype. They may all have similarities, but they can affect the body in incredibly different ways too! Linelol, which we looked at today, has different properties than thymol, which we’ll look at tomorrow. And both of them have different properties than the other four!
Check back tomorrow to hear about thyme thymol! (If you have the “thyme” 😉
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