Thyme for Snoring?

A friend of mine has a husband that snores. I snore (shh, don’t tell anybody). So, I wondered if there is an essential oil out there that helps with snoring. I did some research (here and here, for example) and found that most of the recommendations included the essential oil thyme.

I cook with thyme and love it, so I asked my friend what her experience has been with the essential oil. She told me that it works. She rubs it on her husband’s feet, on his soles, every night, and she rubs it on his chest. As she continued to use it night after night, she said that she noticed his snoring getting less and less. Now, she can sleep soundly and quietly through the whole night.

I haven’t tried it yet, but want to soon. One thing that did have me worried at one point was that I had read that thyme wasn’t good if you had high blood pressure (I do). But, now, when I look into it, there’s a lot of new research that says thyme actually help lower high blood pressure. So, I don’t know about this aspect of thyme anymore. Will have to do some more research in this regard.

Dilution Chart

Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.

Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.

Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.

The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these:

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