COVID-19, Health

What is Thymol and is it Safe?

Thymol is an ingredient derived from culinary herbs such as thyme and other plants belonging to the Lamiaceae family (Thymus, Ocimum, Origanum, and Monarda genera). It also has been found in other plants such as those belonging to the Verbenaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Ranunculaceae, and Apiaceae families.

The plant thyme grows rapidly and abundantly throughout the World. For thousands of years, Roman, Greek and Indian cultures have used thyme medicinally as an antiseptic, as well as in mouthwash and toothpaste. Thyme is considered completely safe and has been used in the human diet as an herb.

Thymol has historically been used in pesticide products including animal repellents, fungicidal products, medical disinfectants, tuberculocides, and virucides. It has also been used in perfumes, food flavorings, mouthwashes, and pharmaceutical preparations.

Thymol is gaining popularity as a key ingredient in disinfectants due to its effectiveness in killing germs, while also being an environmentally sound option which lacks a harsh chemical scent. It is also biiodegradeable with a minimal environmental impact.

Can Thymol Be Used to Kill Coronavirus?

Thymol also features antimicrobial properties and has shown the ability to kill germs, bacteria and viruses.

Among the many viruses Thymol can be used against, the novel coronavirus is at the front of the list.

Health Canada lists thymol as a disinfectant for use against SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved 392 products for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), including four products which utilize thymol as the active ingredient.

The plant-based component in thymol breaks down quickly, resulting in much less harm to the environment compared to chemical cleaners such as bleach and ammonia. The smell of thymol-based products is also less harsh, resulting in a more pleasant and safe experience.

What are the Benefits of Thymol?
  • Antioxidant– An agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation. 
  • Anti-Inflammatory – A substance such as vitamin E, vitamin C, or beta carotene, which is thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of antioxidation.
  • Local Anaesthetic – Involving the application of an anasthetic drug or herb to a specific regional area of the body, as opposed to the entire body and brain as occurs during general anesthesia. An agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation. 
  • Antinociceptive – A substance that inhibits the sensation of pain.
  • Cicatrizing– Accelerates the regeneration of damaged skin.
  • Antiseptic –  Capable of preventing infection by inhibiting growth of infectious agents.
  • Antibacterial – Destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
  • Antifungal – Destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.

BioLife Sciences Eco-Safe Sanitizer is a DIN-registered Thymol-based disinfectant listed for use against coronavirus. BioLife Sciences Eco-Safe Sanitizer contains no harsh chemicals such as chlorine, phosphate, dyes, heavy metals or ammonia. For more information, visit the BioLife Sciences Eco-Safe Sanitizer webpage by clicking here.

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