Thyme and Lavender Successfully Studied for Antibacterial Action

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.

Thyme Herb, Source of Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme Herb, Source of Thyme Essential Oil

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 show 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 treatment, 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.

 

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2 Responses to Thyme and Lavender Successfully Studied for Antibacterial Action

  1. Hello Ericananda,
    On a similar note,, I planted a mini herb garden last week. I am located in western Oklahoma and it has been in the 60-80 degree range here lately, but now we are having a freak winter storm tomorrow. The herbs I planted are mint, thyme, lavender, rosemary, and oregano. I am a complete gardening beginner. I’m assuming I will need to cover them, but I’m not sure what to cover them with? Also, at what temperature do they need to be covered? And how long can they stay covered without killing them? They are calling for a couple inches of snow, but it should melt fast. However, they are calling for freezing nights for a while.

    Thank you for any advice!
    Cheers

    • Eric@Ananda says:

      Hi James,

      Honestly, I’m not really sure. I think the best thing to do is cover them with clear plastic sheeting until the storm is over…that’s what I would try given the conditions.

      Cheers,
      Eric

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