I’ve always loved using my intuition to guide me to the right oil or oil blend for any situation. After more than 23 years of working with the Young Living essential oils, I have a great knowledge of the actions of these essential oils, and of which oils work with which parts of our body.
Yet it’s when I use my intuition that the magic happens.
That’s when I discover new uses for essential oils – ones I’d never thought to use in a particular situation, or combinations I’d never imagined would work well together. I’ve often felt that many of these insights are indeed ancient knowings about herbs and oils from lives gone by, which are re-emerging into my consciousness, and indeed into mass consciousness…..because I’m one of many who are experimenting with essential oils in this very intuitive way.
Many years ago, I was searching for an oil to assist one of my clients with an emotional issue and Thyme oil popped into my mind!
Thyme oil is one of our hotter oils, meaning it can be warming when it’s put on the skin.
And these warming oils are usually high in phenols, a particular plant compound which is very protective to the plant, helping to keep the plant healthy. I’ve always thought of Thyme as a particularly physical oil, and never entertained the fact that it would have a softer side that could impact us emotionally.
I went to one of my favourite books for some insight into why I’d chosen Thyme oil for this client.
Gabriel Mojay’s book “Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit” is the best book I’ve ever come across when it comes to the emotional and spiritual uses of essential oils. He covers 40 different single essential oils, providing not only history and actions, but also a deep exploration of how that oil works on our emotions/spiritual state. It also contains great tips on where to put these oils (which meridians), coming from an Acupuncture Meridian perspective.
When I visited this book, I discovered some fascinating information about the history of Thyme oil. It is believed that Thyme (as a plant) was used some 3,500 years ago by the ancient Sumerians, when it was burnt as an aromatic fumigant. The burning of the thyme leaves would have released its essential oil, such that it was both the smoke and the essential oil that had the cleansing and clearing action.
The Ancient Egyptians called Thyme “tham”, and they used it as part of their embalming process, whereas the Greeks loved to use it as a culinary herb (which of course is one of its uses today). It’s interesting that its name is also linked to the Greek word “thumon”, meaning “courage”, because the herb was associated with bravery.
Its uses on the body are many and varied, however I was most drawn to its uses for the emotions and Spirit. Its ability to “open the chest” and revive the Spirit allows it to help release despondency and instill drive.
This makes so much sense!
If you have read any of Louise Hay’s work, you will know that the emotion linked to the lungs is grief. So if we are opening our chest, then we are emotionally impacting our lungs. Allowing them to energetically open will naturally release grief and sorrow.
When our energy is fortified and we are no longer holding onto sadness, our natural sense of “Vive la Vie” can be restored, and this in turn would lead to an inner state of motivation and drive.
Gabriel Mojay goes on to say about thyme, “The herb’s equally age old renown for instilling courage and valour reflects its action on the Water Element and the Will (Zhi). In this respect, thyme oil may be used for poor self-confidence, apathy, and fear. Restoring morale at the very deepest level, thyme seeks to imbue both spiritual fortitude and bodily vigour. Whether demoralized, apprehensive or alienated, we should always consider reaching for thyme’s warm and virile strength.” Wow!
And if this isn’t enough to have you running for your cupboard where your Thyme oil is stored, I have another tip for you.
Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, always taught us to use Thyme oil on our big toes if we needed more time in our life. I know that sounds strange…but try it and see if it works for you.
It’s a very pungent oil, and quite hot, so applying a drop or two under our feet makes the most sense, because our skin is toughest under our feet. And of course, if there is any irritation, naturally apply a good quality vegetable oil over the top to reduce the warming sensation. That applies to any hot oil.
Applying it under the toes at night when you go to bed is great way to experiment with Thyme oil. Try this, and check out what happens to the amount of “time” you have in your life, and to your quality of sleep.
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