Candida & Thyme Oil

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil has been shown to be perhaps one of the best essential oils to use to treat a yeast infection.  It should be included in your arsenal of remedies for this purpose.  One study showed that oil from Thymus vulgaris was the second-best inhibitor of Candida albicans; the best oil was oregano oil.  Consider this oil if you plan on mixing different essential oils together for a more comprehensive natural cure.

Thyme Essential Oil for Candida

Yes, it is true, you can effectively use thyme oil for yeast infection.  Thyme oil has been shown to be one of the most efficacious Candicidal plant oils.  It frequently shows the greatest ability to inhibit Candida albicans than other essential oils.  If you plan on using only one essential oil to stop your yeast vaginitis, thyme oil would be a great choice.

I like to also mention that using just one essential oil for a remedy is probably not the best method to undertake.  The renowned Dr. James A. Duke; author of several books relating to herbal medicine; stated in his book The Green Pharmacy, that mixing herbs together is often wise.  Using multiple herbs together can possibly create a positive synergy and result in a more potent natural remedy.  Different herbs contain different chemicals, and these may often do what another chemical cannot.  Additionally, some chemicals may become stronger or react with other chemicals to create more beneficial compounds.  Therefore, consider mixing a few different essential oils together to use on a yeast infection.

How to Use Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Oil

Follow these instructions to use thyme oil in various ways. It can be used internally to help stop a gut yeast infection. Other essential oils can be used in tandem with thyme oil; this is a great strategy to employ to stop a fungal problem!

Topical Use

You may use this oil in its undiluted form directly on the exterior of the body in the area of concern.

Oral Use

Thyme oil is generally regarded as safe for human consumption by the U.S. FDA.  In general, use 1 drop of this oil in 8 ounces of liquid or 2 teaspoons of honey.  This dilution may not be adequate and you might have to use a weaker concentration as this oil can potentially irritate the body’s mucous membranes.  Do not let children of 6 years of age or younger ingest this oil!


Avoid using this oil if you are pregnant.  If you suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension), then use this oil with caution.  This oil can irritate the mucous membranes of the body and the skin.  Try doing a patch test of a small amount of the oil on the skin of your arm before you use it on a more sensitive area of the body.

Other Uses for Essential Thyme Oil


With the rise of bacteria that is resistant to conventional drugs, it is becoming more important to find a way to effectively halt bacterial infections.  Thyme oil can be used as perhaps a stronger antibiotic that is safe and natural.  Often, natural antibiotics do not kill beneficial probiotic bacteria along with the harmful pathogenic bacteria.  Keeping your body full of good bacteria is key in keeping yeast from overgrowing and causing harm.  

Skin Problems

As mentioned, thyme oil is antibiotic; therefore, it could be used to help kill acne and improve the complexion of the skin.  It may even help add tone to aged skin and give you a more youthful appearance.

Insect Repellant

Thyme oil can be used as an insect repellant and help keep pesky bugs at bay.  Try using citronella essential oil and vanillin with thyme oil for perhaps an even better insect repellant.  Try using this mixture in candels and topically on your skin to keep the bugs at bay.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Thyme oil may be helpful in alleviating CFS.  It also may be able to help you fight insomnia.  If you are having difficulties with feeling awake or getting to sleep at night, thyme oil could be one oil to try for help in this area.

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