Thyme Oil, Some Uses

Thyme Oil, Some Uses

thyvulgarisstemsThyme oil (Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol) comes from a lovely ground-cover plant that has pink or white flowers. It has a strong herbal aroma to it and when you mix it with Sage and Rosemary, you hear yourself start singing “Scarborough Fair.”

Aromatic influences: Assist in supplying energy in times of physical weakness and stress, releases mental blocks, gives courage, uplifting, calms and relaxes anger and frustration. Soothing, warming, gentle.

Combines well with:

Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Pine, Cypress, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Melissa, Marjoram, Balsam of Peru, Sage, other herbal oils

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Is a hot oil. To use on skin, make sure you use it with a carrier oil and/or a cool oil like Lavender. Can also replace with Lavender if the formula is too harsh on your skin.
  • Thyme drawingAphrodisiac.
  • Helps relax muscles and helps relieve pain.
  • Is very similar to Ajowan Seed. They can be interchanged very easily. For more recipes to give you more variety, take a look at the article on Ajowan Seed.
  • Creates a feeling of calm.
  • Helps release feelings of heaviness and restriction
  • To lift depression, diffuse 3 drops each of Thyme and Orange.
  • Avoid use during pregnancy.
  • Is great to help prevent infection.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Stimulates emotional vigor and strength.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it! (I say this because what better way to learn how the oil is going to help you than just playing around with it?)


Here are a few recipes involving Thyme oil. To check for more, you can click on Thyme in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Thyme is a hot oil so please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Relieve Post-Viral Fatigue

  • 4 drops Thyme
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Red Mandarin
  • 2 drops Cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into body whenever you need a boost. (3)

houseplant-with-watering-canPlant Insect Repellant

  • 10 drops Thyme
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 1 gallon water

Fill a container with water then add the essential oils. Mix well to disperse droplets in the water. Water plants with plain water first then water with this formula. Will help keep bad insects at bay. (2)

Focus Mental Awareness

  • 2 drops Thyme
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath to remove impurities. (3)

Thyme white flowerRoom Disinfectant

  • 6 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 6 drops Thyme
  • 3 drops Clove Bud
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark

Diffuse this formula to clear air in room. Can also use to wipe down countertops and to clean walls. Put a few drops of formula on a wet rag and wipe down the areas in question. (2)

Rejuvenating Foot Bath

  • 3 drops Thyme
  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Fill a basin or sink with warm/hot water, add oils and soak feet for at least 15 minutes. (2)

Photo courtesy of Heidi Lee

Photo courtesy of Heidi Lee

Soothe Aching Muscles Hand Bath

  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Thyme
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Add formula to a basin of warm/hot water and soak your hands for 20 – 30 minutes. Can also dissolve oils into 1/2 cup epsom salts and add to water to help remove skin impurities. (2)

Treating Boils

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Thyme
  • 1 drops Roman Chamomile

Add to a small bowl of hot water and bathe the boil in the solution. Bather it twice a day. Can also make a hot compress with 1 drop Thyme to draw out the pus. After the pus has been dispelled, apply a little of the following formula over the affected area twice a day:

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Thyme
  • 2 drops Tea Tree
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (1)

English-ThymeDry Cough Treatment

  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Citriodora
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 tablespoons Honey

Mix together and take 1 teaspoon of this and dilute in a glass of warm water. Sip slowly. Then massage over back and chest the following formula:

  • 3 drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops Thyme
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O. (1)

Viral Diarrhea

  • 3 drops Thyme
  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 1 drops Tea Tree
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Massage over whole abdomen area. Use clockwise strokes. (1)

And Finally,

Thyme oil is a fun oil to use. Let us know what you like to use it for in the comment section down below.



  1. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  2. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  3. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green

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I thought I saw, at one time, someone saying that a little thyme oil on a paper towel at the bottom of the vegetable crisper in the refrigerator helps leafy greens and veggies last longer.  I can't find the reference again, but I'm trying it today.

JCShannon moderator

@ptippins That's a great idea! Let us know how it works! Thanks!


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