For centuries, thyme and thyme oil have been used as a home remedy for various symptoms, illnesses, mental and emotional conditions, as well as many other things. With the institution of our modern world, despite our best efforts to implement methods to defeat harmful microorganisms that make us sick, we’ve actually given rise to them. This is because the harsh soaps we use also kill off good bacterium, and the treatments we prescribe force these organisms to adapt, thus making our methods useless. How do we win? We go back to basics, basics like thyme.
Thyme is used for many things aside from its use as a medicinal herb. For example, using the oil as aromatherapy can have a stimulating effect on the mind which promotes memory, increases concentration, and helps produce a relaxing effect. It’s often added to hair and skin products to aid the healing and health of the skin which goes a long way for the prevention of hair loss, reduction of acne, and slowing of visible aging. You can even use it as a mouthwash to help with the health of your teeth and gums!
For the gardening buffs, thyme has other unique benefits. By adding a little thyme to your spice garden, you can naturally repel insects and parasites away. This both keeps them away from you and keeps them away from your other plants so they don’t get eaten and prematurely rot. Gardening your own thyme also makes the super beneficial plant readily available for your use, whether that use is cosmetic, mental, or as a medicinal herb!
Should you choose to grow thyme yourself, you’ll also need to know how to make cold pressed thyme oil. Thyme was traditionally used in oil form as that’s the most concentrated and effective way to reap the full benefits. While this does add an extra step, you can DIY cold pressed thyme oil at home easily, and it doesn’t even require any special equipment! Just follow these simple steps below and you’ll have thyme oil in no time:
- Harvest the thyme leaves and stems. Use scissors to do this, it promotes regrowth better when there’s a fresh cut.
- Separate the small leaves from their stems. You should be able to do this by sliding a fingernail down the stem. You can use the scissors if it’s easier.
- Use a mortar and pestle to grind the leaves into a paste to extract and protect the oils. Before doing this, be sure to add just enough oil (avocado, olive, almond, jojoba, etc) to cover the leaves. Grind for 15-20 minutes.
- Leave for 48-36 hours at room temperature.
- Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth and put a bowl below to catch the oil. You can now discard the leaves, preferably in a wooded area or in a bio-waste container.
- Keep what you’ll use within a month on hand in a size-appropriate sealable jar. Freeze the rest.