Thyme Conquers Colds and Cleaning

common thyme

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It seems that all across the U.S. we are seeing a long, wet spring. The dampness can be challenging and increase the chances of getting sick. Natural support options, such as essential oils, can keep colds at bay. They also make great antiviral cleaning products in our homes. With this one-two punch, thyme essential oil conquers many bugs.

Thymus vulgaris was used as an antiseptic in the Middle Ages and as a disinfectant in hospitals in World War I. Dr. Jean Valnet found that microbes can be eliminated while cleansing the air because many bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses can’t survive in the presence of vaporized essences. Thyme was deemed to be one of the most powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral essential oils, making it a natural addition to an antimicrobial room spray.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray for use on kitchen countertops and bathroom surfaces or in the air
25 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) antibacterial, antifungal
25 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic
10 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal
20 drops Thyme essential oil (Thymus vulgaris) antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral
5 oz distilled water
2.5 oz white vinegar
Add essential oils to an 8 oz sprayer bottle. Add water and vinegar. Shake gently to mix. Spray on surfaces and wipe clean, or spray into the air. Shake before each use. Avoid spraying into eyes.

If you are already getting sick, thyme can still help out. It is a decongestant, expectorant and immune system supporter. A warm and gentle type of the essential oil called thyme ct. linalol is useful for lung congestion, infection of the respiratory system, fatigue and chills. It is the best variety to use with children and the elderly, and can help overcome fatigue and physical weakness after illness. Diffuse the essential oil blend listed above, or mix it up by adding in clove or eucalyptus which are also antiviral.

A research project took place in Greece using plant oils to combat drug-resistant superbugs. “They found that thyme essential oil was the most effective and was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes.” The team do not know why essential oils, particularly oil from thyme, are so effective against antibiotic-resistant strains, but believe the oil “could be easily incorporated into antimicrobial creams or gels for external application.”

After seeing how powerful thyme is against disease, you now know that it’s more than just a Mediterranean spice.