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Thyme Oil Can Replace Red Wine As A Natural Inflammation Inhibitor, Study Concludes

January 22, 2010 by  

Thyme oil can replace red wine as a natural inflammation inhibitor, study concludes  Researchers at Nara Women’s University in Japan have discovered that thyme oil may contain inflammatory suppression compounds similar to those found in red wine.

Scientists found that thyme oil—along with clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot oils—can suppress the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme in a manner comparable to resveratrol, the chemical associated with the health benefits related to red wine. COX-2 inhibition is the same principal that enables pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, to lessen swelling.

While all oils showed a considerable inflammatory response, thyme oil was the most effective, reducing levels of COX-2 by as much as 75 percent.

After additional research, lead study author Hiroyasu Inoue and his colleagues found that the primary active ingredient in thyme oil is carvacrol.

When using pure carvacrol extract in their tests, researchers discovered that COX-2 levels decreased by over 80 percent.

The study’s findings offer insight into the health benefits of botanical oils and may provide a roadmap for future anti-inflammatory drugs.

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  • Norm

    If wine was good enough for Christ, It’s good enough for me.

  • Debbie

    I guess that might explain the mediteranian diet’s success. First they thought it was tomatoes, then wine, now thyme.

  • Barbara

    Maybe it is a diet with all of these ingredients.

  • Fed Up Gal in NM

    It’s been a long day, so maybe I just missed it….was there a reference or website link to obtain more info…i.e., dosage/amount and how often to take? If anyone has any other info related to “thyme” oil to take for inflammation, I’d like to pass the info to a friend who has chronic back pain and takes way too much (IMO) Tylenol PM and Ibuprofen to help her sleep (can’t go to sleep due to the pain).

    Thanks in advance.

    Fed Up Gal

  • Robert

    I’d like to order a bottle of Kendall Jackson Cabernet, please.

  • http://personalliberty Katherine

    I have been studying natural medicine for years and came upon some nutrients recommended by Dr. Russell Blaylock MD for inflammation, curcumin and quercitin. Both of these are bioflavinoids that, among other benefits, have powerful inflammation reducing abilities. They are found in a number of common foods, i.e. appples, green tea, vegetables etc. I have use them in combination as they are synergistic and successfully treated inflammation in my back, wrist when I broke it as well as for arthritis. I can attest that it worked as well or better as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. They were exponentially better when the capsules are emptied and mixed with olive oil as a far greater majority of the nutrient is absorbed that way. Also, quercetin is excellent for allergies as it is a natural histimine reducer. I have found when inflammation is exascerbated as when I broke my wrist, I do have to double up on my dosage,especially of the curcumin, AND take it multiple times a day. But all that said, it is cheaper, I can buy it without a prescription in a health food store or section of some grocery stores. Also I feel I have personally solved the alleged “health care crises” for my family as this not only solves the incidental health issues at hand but contributes to my/our overall health.

  • Fed Up Gal in NM


    Very interesting and helpful information. Thank you for posting your comments.

    Fed Up Gal

  • Kenneth

    Norm, The wine our LORD drank was unfermented, non alcoholic grape juice. I will look up thyme oil on Google Search.

  • Norm

    The First Miracle Performed by Jesus
    “On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with His disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”
    Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.” Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. “He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it.
    When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew, the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
    This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. (John 2:1-11 RSV)

  • Norm

    That’s bull. I don’t know what your christian beliefs are but wine from the time of Christ was very much like it is now.
    When Jesus turned water to wine at the wedding in Cana, it wasn’t grapejuice. The non drinking christians are, once again, assuming they know more than Christ.

  • antonio caetano

    Dear Ken, grape juice ferments in a short period. There is no word in the bible for “unfermented wine” An authority writes: “Winemaking in ancient Israel dates back at least 2,000 years before the Romans occupied the region – and possibly several thousand years before then. The Israelites probably picked up the craft from the neighboring Canaanites and Phoenicians, and winemaking abounded throughout the Mediterranean. Hundreds of ancient winepresses have been uncovered and excavated throughout modern Israel. Yet wine was much more than a staple of life to Jews: it was a symbol of their freedom from bondage and a necessity in every Jewish religious ceremony. Haim Gan, Israel’s Grape Man in Old Jaffa, remarked, “Wine is at the heart of the Jewish tradition.”

    Two terms for wine are used throughout the Bible. In the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament), the Hebrew word is yayin, while the Christian New Testament, written in Greek, used the word oinos, from which we get our word “wine.” Both meant the same thing: fermented wine. There is no word for unfermented wine in Scripture. Wine is wine. It was always fermented.

    There can be no L’chaim, Ken, without wine. Wine is what makes the heart glad. Try some.:)

  • Catherine

    Some preach that it was grape juice but in Timothy he is clearly being directed to take wine.
    Why they teach this? Probably because many would take 2,3,4 untill they don’t remember they had an infirmity.

    I Timothy Chapter verse 5
    Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.

  • Fed Up Gal in NM


    I did not get the impression Kenneth was trying to be ugly; just offering his thoughts on your comments…in a civil manner…especially when compared to your response to him.

    I don’t know which of you is “biblically” correct…I do however wonder why it is you have so much trouble making your point (right or wrong) without doing so in such a mean-spirited way.

    I’m no bible expert…just a very flawed Christian…but it seems to me that the scripture you included in your follow-up response does not support your opinion…so how is your opinion any more valid than Kenneth’s?

    Even if you might possibly be correct what purpose did it serve to respond in such a belligerent manner? Lastly, the discussion was about “thyme oil” having similar health benefits to that of wine.

    Fed Up Gal

  • Norm

    Fed Up Gal in NM

    Wine which contains no alcohol is not wine, it is grape juice.

    “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
    This would tend to indicate that when the guests “mellowed out” poor quality wine was less noticable. Also I don’t think a grape juice party would have been too popular at a wedding.
    I didn’t think my response was too harsh in light of the matter-of-fact non alcoholic grape juice comment. I know that many churches serve small quantities of wine with communion. Then other religions, forbid all drinking of alcohol, in spite of the fact that Jesus and most people of that time drank wine. These are mainly fundementalist sects that twist the bible to suit their personal wants. And that makes me a little angry.

  • Norm

    wine definition
    wine (wīn)


    1. the fermented juice of grapes, used as an alcoholic beverage and in cooking, religious ceremonies, etc.: wines vary in color (red, white, rosé, etc.) and sugar content (sweet, dry, etc.), may be effervescent (sparkling) or noneffervescent (still), and are sometimes strengthened with additional alcohol (fortified)
    2. the fermented juice of other fruits or plants, used as an alcoholic beverage dandelion wine
    anything having an intoxicating or exhilarating effect

  • Fed Up Gal in NM


    We’re all entitled to our opinions and interpretations of biblical scripture…and only time (and eventually death) will any of us really experience the truth (excepting of course, our own personal relationship…or lack thereof) with God.

    I would think if you feel you have a better understanding of the scripture and of God than Kenneth or others…you would feel more sadness than anger for those who believe different than you.

    Sorry to repeat myself, but again the point I was trying to make was…..”Even if you might possibly be correct what purpose did it serve to respond in such a belligerent manner?” and “Lastly, the discussion was about “thyme oil” having similar health benefits to that of wine”. So, I’ll try (as well) to keep my future comments related to this particular article (Thyme Oil Study) on subject.

    Fed Up Gal

  • Linda


    Unfortunately, there is Bible-twisting among the adherents of probably every stripe of Christian persuasion. It is sad when we feel we have to use derogatory labels for views other than our own, just because we happen to disagree.

  • Linda

    Yeah, Norm.

    Wine may be perfectly okay for many people, but for others, it is akin to poison.

  • Dale

    Norm I have to agree with you that that is Bull. I’m not being negative or derogatory but just stating a plain fact. Remember the Truth will set you free. If we can start changing words in the bible and their meaning so it fit’s what we want to beleive then I do not feel there is any point in bothering to read it. I’d like to say more but will leave it at this.

  • Ron

    Of course if wine makes you ill don’t drink it.I credit Red Wine with saving me from Cataract surgery for many years. I was told by an optomitrist that I had a Cataract in my right eye 1n i997, I asked how long til surgeryn was needed? He replied 3 to 5 years . My wife picked up a magazine in 1999 and there was a story in it that said drinking some red wine every day would not only stop the growth of a cataract but even make it retract it a little. Two years ago I wentn to an optometrist for new glasses in the course of the fittings and tests I mentioned to him about the red wine, He replied that he couldn’t promise how long it might last ,but for the forseeable future
    I was not going to need surgery.

  • John

    I’m going to weigh in on this. I hope what I contribute will be constructive. I think Ken has more on his side than most people realize.
    As far as I’ve been able to find out, no one can be sure historically what Jesus did with respect to alcohol. Whatever one believes about him, he clearly was not an average person, so going by what average people did is not too helpful. His actions at Cana– whatever he exactly did– do not necessarily mean he endorsed the practice of drugging oneself with alcohol, however moderately. God sends his rain to bless the fields of evil plantation owners. If Jesus did someone a favor, that doesn’t mean he necessarily approved of what they were going to do with it. When Jesus told Judas to do what he had to do quickly, that doesn’t mean he was endorsing Judas’ actions. Etc. Jesus was really dead-set on leaving people their free choice.
    Much or most of the wine in Jesus’ time was fermented, but not all of it. Also, the fermented wine was often drunk diluted. There is a reference to Passover wine being diluted to one-fourth strength in the Mishnah (I can’t remember the reference but I have read it in English translation.) I have also seen several references to various dilution levels by Hellenistic writers. There is also a verse in Revelation that speaks of the wine of God’s wrath being poured out undiluted. The author would not make that stipulation unless his readership would naturally be likely to think otherwise.
    In Jesus’ time, people had an obvious choice of whether or not to use fermented wine as a drugging agent or just as a germ-killing and tasty (if you like it) drink, simply by how much they diluted it. In our time, of course we have that choice also, but it’s not so obvious a choice for us, since the practice of diluting wine apparently died out not long after Jesus’ time. (By the way, if you think about it, most of the people in Jesus’ time and place were very, very poor. By diluting wine, they could make it last a lot longer.)
    A Roman agriculturalist named Columella, a contemporary of Jesus, wrote a large treatise on agriculture which discusses various wine preparation techniques, including non-fermented. (From what I have read, it seems they were quite successful at preserving non-fermented grape products. One way they did it was by boiling the juice down to a syrup, which resisted spoiling or fermentation, I think because of the high sugar content.) (They would also boil fermented wine, which took most of the alcohol out of it. This was especially valued for medicinal use, according to at least one reference from a physician of that era, according to what I’ve read in English.)
    Also, back then they did not know about the existence of alcohol> This seems to be reflected in the Nazirite vows, which forbade drinking even grape juice, or even eating a grape or a grape leaf. They did not know the nature of the difference between non-fermented and fermented wine. There is another Hellenistic reference, I think in some symposium but I can’t remember for sure, where characters are wondering aloud why people do not get drunk on non-fermented wine or grape juice. It’s very hard to try to see the world they way they did.
    If Jesus drank fermented wine, which I think is likely, it is entirely possible that he would dilute it to a level where his liver would be able to break down the alcohol as it came in. Even at the one-fourth strength referred to by the Mishnah, if he drank small amounts over the course of a meal, for instance, it would not accumulate in his blood and drug him; and there was nothing to stop him from diluting it more than that. (When I was young I used to dilute orange juice a lot. I just liked it better that way. I doubt any of my friends remember that.)
    But nobody can know. Yes, the Bible does not forbid alcohol use, and yes, Jesus contrasted himself with John the Baptist, but again, even if Jesus drank only what we call grape juice, he would be breaking the Nazirite vows that John followed; so when he says he “came drinking,” it doesn’t prove anything about this issue.
    No one can be sure. I have drunk plenty of alcohol in my life, but my conclusion so far is that, like slavery and many other social realities of Jesus’ time, this practice is destructive to any community (family, social group) that adopts it, including the Body of Christ. As the verse in Corinthians says, “all things are lawful, but not all things build up.” I don’t think the practice of social drinking passes this test.

  • Paul

    I’ve used oregano oil for years to stop colds and to unlock muscle strains. It its loaded with carvacrol and dozens of other anti-inflammatory compounds. I used it for the first time on a pulled calf muscle and within fifteen minutes the pain and stiffness were gone. My parents, who are in their eighties, now swear my it.


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