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For improved focus, a healthier body, less stress and a balanced mood … you’ve got the thyme. You may not yet know that certified organic Thyme essential oil is a uniquely powerful tool for healthier systems and a more natural environment. It could become your next best friend, aromatherapy-wise. Thyme is one of the lesser-known essential oils, but just because it isn’t all flash and glitter doesn’t mean it isn’t full of good stuff—B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, and folic acid, for instance. It’s good for addressing everything from circulation to stress relief. If you wonder how to use Thyme essential oil effectively in your home, here are a few quick tips:
If you experience occasional cold hands and feet, or achiness in your large muscles, you may have bad circulation. As part of a bigger solution, try diluting a few drops of Thyme into a tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil for a potent and effective massage oil that goes more than skin deep. Apply a small amount of the dilution directly to the skin and rub in gentle, deep strokes across your limbs and toward your heart (or get a friend to lend a hand). The combination of Thyme and a relaxing deep massage can benefit your circulatory health.
If you are feeling congested, add a few drops of essential oil to your ultrasonic diffuser, combining Thyme with Peppermint or Eucalyptus essential oil to promote feelings of relief in your chest. Thyme works well to loosen feelings of tightness in the chest and leaves your whole body feeling refreshed and relieved from the sniffles.
Thyme essential oil works well as an insect repellent. You can use it to deter mosquitoes, gnats, flies, no-see-ums and other pesky bugs by using this highly concentrated full-strength oil around windows and doors, or dilute it with a lotion or carrier oil and apply it to your skin.
If you ride the emotional roller-coaster every month, you may want to consider adding Thyme to your support strategy. The sweet, herbal scent is a smart addition to a mood blend, especially one designed to help you find hormonal balance during rough times of the month. Consider combining sweet Thyme with Clary Sage and Fennel for a powerhouse combination to handle monthly mood swings and feelings of physical cramps and aches.
Relieve feelings of stress with the powerful effects of aromatherapy using Thyme essential oil. Combine Thyme with the spice-and-wood scent of Lavender essential oil and a drop or two of Cedarwood essential oil in a diffuser for feelings of emotional release and calm, even on tough days. Bring the blend with you to work and breathe in deeply for feelings of calm and focus when you need it most.
Once upon a time, the most common strategy for weight loss promoted restricting your food intake with low-calorie diets. Who knew, despite the promises for beach-ready bodies, that restrictive dieting could actually mess with your brain? With a strict schedule of things like plain celery and unsweetened yogurt, these diets promised great results … and occasionally delivered (in the short term)—just to pile on the pounds afterward in a never-ending rebound battle.
We were all casualties of this faulty dieting culture and it’s taken a couple of frustrating decades to figure out what went wrong. Experts now recommend a new, healthier (and slower) approach to weight management called intuitive eating. It may not seem sexy, but it’s a promising approach, and the health benefits of essential oils can assist you in finding success, stability and body satisfaction with this new strategy.
Intuitive eating isn’t a diet … and in fact thoroughly rejects dieting culture. But the idea of intuitive eating has a lot of nutrition experts, body coaches, and normal folk with a bit of extra weight interested in knowing more. Intuitive eating means honoring your hunger by giving your body adequate energy. With healthy habits and mindfulness, this approach strives to help you to avoid the primal drive in your brain that causes you—sooner or later—to overeat after skipping too many meals.
When you eat in a way that brings you pleasure, you feel satisfied and content. Creating this experience for yourself more often helps you to decide that you’ve had enough. Using an essential oils diffuser during meals can help you to slow down and savor the experience. Also, diffusing certified organic Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark and Fennel will fill your senses with joy and long-term satiation.
Making Peace with Your Body and Mind
Eating intuitively encourages peace with food. It means ending self-imposed restrictions and strict “off-limits” categories. This sort of thinking, experts say, leads to feelings of deprivation that cause you to lose control. Quit classifying yourself as “good” when you deprive yourself, or “bad” if you indulge. Instead, just listen for signals in your body that tell you when you are no longer hungry. Observe the subtle signs communicating that you are comfortably full.
Find ways to comfort, nurture, entertain and resolve emotional issues without using food. This is where essential oils can also be a powerful ally. Do essential oils actually work for this purpose? Boredom, anger, loneliness and anxiety each have their own emotional source that food won’t fix. You can use aromatherapy to help you deal with the root of these emotions and fill your senses with deep satisfaction.
When you use an intuitive eating framework, you work to accept your body for what it is and strive for a realistic potential. Feel good about who you are, rather than motivating yourself by being critical, demanding or insulting. Don’t exercise like a robot. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calories you are burning. You don’t have to eat a perfect diet or look a certain way, to be a healthy person. It’s what you do and what you eat, consistently over the long term, that matters.