Thymol is part of occurring class of compounds called “biocides”, and is contained in thyme (Thymus vulgaris) essential oil with 20-54%.
The biocides can destroy harmful organisms and when combined with biocides, such as carvacrol, they give thymol a powerful antimicrobial effect. According to in vitro tests done by researchers on three types of cancer, it’s been shown that thyme can kill lung, oral and ovarian cancer cells.
Thyme is native to the Mediterranean region and is first referred to as ‘thyme’ in Greece where it is still used as a spice in preparing many delicious meals.
Thyme oil can kill up to 97% of the lung cancer cells. According to recent studies, combining thyme and olive oil can increase the power of hydroxytyrosol, which is the most powerful anti-cancer compound found in olive oil. Maybe here lies the reason why the Greek people have half of the rate of cancer, compared to USA and the rest of Europe.
The Ayurvedic and traditional medicine also used thyme essential oils because of the anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal (destroys yeast like Candida) properties.
According to a study conducted by oncologists at Celar Bayar University in Turkey, after testing it on cell death and the epigenetic events in breast cancer, it’s been discovered that wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum) may be able to fight breast cancer. The report of the study was published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer.
According to the oncologists, wild thyme “may be a promising candidate in the development of novel therapeutic drugs for breast cancer treatment.”
The video below will teach you more about thyme essential oil.