Time for more Thyme! – Protection Against Viruses.

“Studies have illustrated the therapeutic effects of the herb thyme and its essential oils, especially thymol and carvacrol, against various diseases due to its multi-pharmacological properties that include, but are not limited to, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antineoplastic (usefulness in treating cancer) actions. Further, it’s known for its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic activities, in addition to remarkable disruption of microbial biofilms. In the COVID-19 era, some thyme constituents were investigated for their potential in viral binding”.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9147557/

One thing Covid has highlighted for us is that  none of us in guaranteed protection from any virus regardless of the actions we’ve taken; but having economical and widely acclaimed natural tools at our disposal to strengthen and fortify our constitution while heading into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is a recommended approach to well being.  With the attention and recognition that Thyme has received, I love including thyme at this time of year!  And indecently, if you’re more familiar with oregano and its abilities, you’ll be interested to hear that thyme is in the same chemical family as oregano so it’s a good oil for anyone that can’t tolerate oregano.  Like oregano, it has a heavy herbaceous smell that is more associated with food than a pleasant home fragrance; however thyme is easier to diffuse.  It blends more nicely with other oils to create a more pleasant aroma.  It  softens more easily tending to partner and complement other oils rather than stand out in a diffuser blend like oregano does.  With lots of people coming and going over the holidays, I choose diffusing thyme to support not only me but anyone sharing my space.

In my last post I shared how to pair thyme essential oil with citrus essential oils  for a punchy, protective, and uplifting holiday blend.  https://botanicalblessings.ca/punchy-and-protected-with-unusual-thyme-blends/Here, I want to comment on another pleasant and powerful way to incorporate thyme over the holidays when the possibility of viral transmission is heightened.  And it’s simple, choose Lavender!  Lavender and thyme blend very nicely.  Combining Thyme with Lavender, as an alternative to combining thyme with citrus oils, offers variety over the holidays. But more significantly, it supports different holiday needs as lavender brings to the table an extensive list of known benefits.  Perhaps the most  commonly appreciated benefit of lavender is its ability to induce calm in moments of tension. And similarly its potential to  facilitate in the acquisition of a good night’s sleep.  Perfect for unwinding and relaxing during the festive season.   But lavender, like thyme essential oil, has been studied and recognized for its value in sustaining and protecting us in the face of Coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus.  “Essential oils and oleoresins have been shown through in vitro and in vivo experiments to induce antiviral effects against Coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus. A study reported 221 phytochemical compounds and essential oils to be effective against severe acute respiratory syndrome associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) using a cell-based assay measuring SARS-CoV-induced cytopathogenic effect” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33212200/ The study sites both thyme essential and lavender essential oil as effective in protecting against SARS-CoV

Lavender and thyme essential oils pair well together in the diffuser both aromatically and therapuetically offering a pleasant aroma with impressive antiviral protection.  To make the aroma of this combination most pleasant, use more lavender than thyme.  I recommend 1-2 drops of thyme essential oil with 2-5 drops of lavender.  If you want  even more variety than alternating between thyme with citrus oils and thyme with lavender, try 1-2 drops thyme, 3 drops lime, and 3 drops lavender as a third diffusing option.  When thyme essential oil is paired with citrus essential oils and/or lavender essential oil in a diffuser, you and your family have a better chance of a virus free holiday season.  Have a good “thyme” this Christmas rocking around the Christmas tree!

 

 

Thanks for spending this time with me!

 

Natalie

 

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