As the cooler temperatures roll in I can’t help but think about how I am going to safeguard my family from those typical wintertime illnesses. You know the usual suspects: cold, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia and stuffy nose/head. If you are looking for a go to oil to use during the upcoming season look no further than Thyme essential oil. This fabulous germ buster contains anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti parasitic properties. Thyme essential oil takes care of so many different issues at once. It makes for a fabulous respiratory aid; diffuse 5-10 drops at night when dealing with a cough and you will sleep soundly. This strong and herbaceous essential oil is extremely potent so beware when applying topically to the body. Always dilute Thyme essential oil in coconut oil, or something similar, before using on those with sensitive skin. Do not use this essential oil if you’re pregnant and be very cautious when using on babies. Thyme essential oil will help to keep all of those pesky insects out of your home during the cooler months as well. You can place cotton balls soaked in Thyme essential oil near entryways and windows to maintain a critter free home. I am constantly looking for a way to warm my naturally chilly hands and feet during the winter season and Thyme is a great circulatory stimulant. Apply a few drops to your feet before stepping into your boots for a cozy walk in the snow. If you end up overindulging during the holidays, as we all do at some point, go ahead and apply a few drops of Thyme essential oil to your spine as it will reduce flatulence and tone your digestive organs. For those of you that go a bit too hard on the hard cider you can find relief with this oil. Thyme naturally aids in liver detoxification so you don’t have to suffer through a hangover if you have a bottle of this powerhouse in your medicine cabinet. You can take a drop or two internally via a glass of water to keep your liver happy and healthy. Moreover, this essential oil is one of the most ancient and most powerful of all the oils. Be sure to load up on a bottle or two before the cold sets in and those fun wintry ailments begin to proliferate!
Essential Oil of the Week: Thyme
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By: Kristen and Bethany