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Thyme

Native to the mediterranean it is widely used as a culinary and medicinal herb. the flowering tops and leaves are steam or water distilled.
The smell is fresh, green and herbaceous.

Key actions:
Stimulating, antibacterial and cleansing



Benefits:
Respiratory

Its antiseptic and expectorant properties help treat infections, including colds, flu and bronchitis.



Digestion
Warms and tones, an antiseptic treatment for dysentery and gastroenteritis.



Urinary
An antiseptic treatment for non-specific urethritis, leucorrhoea, trichomonad and urinary infections like cystitis.



Immunity
Combats infection and strengthens the immunity by stimulating the production of white blood cells.



Skin
Helps heal infections, acne, boils and sores. Can eliminate lice and scabies.



Muscles and joints
Use in massage blends and baths to ease stiffness, aches, rheumatism and arthritis.



Usage:
See 'Safe Use of Essential Oils' article

Bath, massage, diffusion, compress or inhalation

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, Clove, Lavender, Lemon and Pine



Safety:
Avoid sensitive or damaged skin. Do not use on children under the age of 6. Massage: dilute below 2%, patch test. Bath oil: dilute below 1%