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Published in the November 1st edition of Medical Chemistry was a thorough investigation of both Thyme and Lavender essential oils against a series of bacterial strains. 120 strains of bacteria were isolated from hospital patients for testing.
It was found that Thyme essential oil was highly effective at eradicating nearly all these bacterial strains, and Lavender less so (though Lavender does, in fact, have antibacterial qualities). While the chemotype (c.t) of Thyme essential oil was not identified, we highly recommend a blend of pure Thyme essential oils called “Benchmark Thyme“, which was developed specifically for potent antimicrobial activity. It has even been shown to be the single most effective essential oil at eradicating the MRSA bacteria, a life-threatening infection contracted by many hospital patients with lowered immunity.
While some chemotypes of Thyme essential oil can be irritating to the skin, Thyme c.t. Linalool is safe even for ‘neat’ application. Benchmark Thyme is similar to Thyme Linalool in this respect and is likely the single most antibacterial essential oil available at the Ananda Apothecary. The strain was developed to have a chemical profile similar to both Thyme AND Tea Tree essential oils.
This Thyme essential oil can also be effective for acne support, blended at 5% concentration (1.5ml per ounce of carrier oil…excellent choices being Virgin Coconut, Tamanu, or Jojoba oil).
Here is the abstract of the study performed on these oils:
Title: Antibacterial activity of thyme and lavender essential oils.
Source: Microbiology Department, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland.
By Sienkiewicz M, Lysakowska M, Ciecwierz J, Denys P, Kowalczyk E.
Strong antiseptic activity of essential oils has been known for a long time. The antibacterial activity of essential oils was tested against clinical bacterial strains of Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, Escherichia and Pseudomonas genera. The agar diffusion method was used for microbial growth inhibition at various concentrations of the oils from T. vulgaris (Thyme essential oil) and L. angustifolia (Lavender essential oil). Susceptibility testing to antibiotics and chemotherapeutics was carried out using disc-diffusion method. 120 strains of bacteria isolated from patients with infections of oral cavity, respiratory, genitourinary tracts and from hospital environment were investigated. The results of experiments showed that the oil from T. vulgaris exhibited extremely strong activity against all of the clinical strains. Thyme oil demonstrated a good efficacy against antibiotics resistant strains of the tested bacteria. Lavender oil has been less activity against clinical strains of Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Escherichia genus.*