Thymolis a natural monoterpenoid phenol derivative of cymene, C₁₀H₁₄O, isomeric with carvacrol, found in oil of thyme, and extracted from Thymus vulgaris, Ajwain and various other kinds of plants as a white crystalline substance of a pleasant aromatic odor and strong antiseptic properties.
Thymol has been used in alcohol solutions and in dusting powders for the treatment of tinea or ringworm infections, and was used in the United States to treat hookworm infections.
Thymol Is Used To Inactivate Viruses
Thymol and carvacrol both possessed significantantiviral activitywith an IC₅₀ of 7 µM, and herpes simplex virus type I was 90 % inactivated within 1 hr. The mode of antiviral action was shown to affect the virion directly. Evidence was also observed by electron microscopy.
Thymol, one of the chemicals in thyme, is used with another chemical, chlorhexidine, as a dental varnish to prevent tooth decay. In foods, thyme is used as a flavoring agent. In manufacturing, red thyme oil is used in perfumes. It is also used in soaps, cosmetics, and toothpastes.
Thymol is commonly found in medicated chest rubs, including Vicks VapoRub. Of the seven ingredients, thymol was among the most effective at inhibiting the growth of dermatophytes that cause nail fungus. Other studies in animals have also shown thymol oil to be effective against dermatophytes. Read more here.
Thymol, a component of the botanical thyme oil, when used as a disinfectant active ingredient on Seventh Generation disinfection products, kills 99.99% of household germs. From disinfecting cleaners and sprays to convenient disinfecting wipes, there is a product for every household need. Read more here.
Thymol (4%) in chloroform (or absolute alcohol) is a very good adjunct in the treatment of chronic paronychia. Chloroform is a volatile fluid used as a solvent and for the preservation of mixtures and extracts. Patients with chronic paronychia should protect their cuticles from moisture for at least 3 months. Read more here.