Multiple studies show that thyme essential oil and thymol, its active compound, contain potent antiseptic properties. As a matter of fact, most antiseptic wipes and mouth washes contain thymol in their chemical structure.
Interestingly, a recent research suggests that thyme essential oil even has the ability to reduce pain. This shouldn’t come as surprise, though, as many traditional medicines have used thyme and other essential oils to alleviate pain.
Study finds Thyme Oil beats out Ibuprofen for pain relief
A team of researchers from Iran`s Babol University of Medical Sciences has verified that not only thyme works as potent pain-reliever, but also alleviates pain of heavy menstruation even better compared to Ibuprofen.
The study involved 84 women university students with difficult menstruation. They were aged 15-24 years and were all suffering from dysmenorrhea. This condition is manifested by painful cramping which may be or not accompanied with symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, or back pain. On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea means that the pain stems from another condition.
The researchers also noted that the definition of primary dysmenorrheal which appears within 2 years of the beginning of menarche and is not associated with pain during the other parts of the cycle. This makes sense, as painful menses is more common in younger women within their first years of the beginning of menses.
OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF THYME OIL
Antiseptic: It is a great antiseptic that protects sores and wounds from infections. Its antiseptic benefits are attributed to the presence of like Caryophyllene and Camphene.
Tonic: It tones up the heart, digestive system, nervous system, circulatory system, muscles, and the skin.
Hypertensive: This is beneficial for individuals suffering from low blood pressure. These people are at higher risk of feeling sluggish and falling unconscious. Thyme keeps their blood pressure balanced by raising it naturally.
Antirheumatic: Thyme essential oil solves obstructed circulation and accumulation of uric acid in the blood, both of which cause rheumatism, gout, and arthritis. Being a diuretic, it facilitates the elimination of toxic matter. Being a stimulant, it increases circulation and solves this problem in a separate way.