19 November 2008

Thyme essential oil is extracted, by steam distillation, from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of the plant. This is the Linalool chemotype, the most gentle variety of Thyme oils. The oil is mainly located in small glands on the leaves and contains thymol, paracymene & linalol.

Botanical Name
Thymus vulgaris


Reddish-brown to amber

Medium and Slightly Oily

Perfumery Note

Rather sweet, fresh, medicinal, strongly herbaceous.

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium – Strong

Extraction Method
Steam Distillation, from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of the plant

Constituents and Chemical Composition
a-thujene, a-pinene, camphene, B-pinene, p-cymene, a-terpinene, linalool, borneol, B-caryophyllene, thymol, carvacrol, d-sabinene, fenchone, camphone, terpinen-4-ol and bornyl acetate

Therapeutic Properties
Antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, bechic, cardiac, carminative, cicatrisant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Thyme essential oil has been traditionally used as a general tonic for the nerves and stomach
  • It may also help with bacterial infections, respiratory infections, headaches and joint pain
  • Thyme oil can be supportive for conditions of respiratory problems, digestive complaints, infections, gastritis, bronchitis, pertussis, asthma, laryngitis, tonsillitis
  • The main component of Thyme oil is Thymol, a powerful antiseptic which considered to be quite toxic if used improperly
  • Thymol has been extensively documented for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal action
  • Thyme oil kills the anthrax bacillus, the typhoid bacillus, meningococcus, and the agent responsible for tuberculosis and is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria
  • This component has been studied for its effects on gingivitis and plaque-caused organisms in the mouth (it is used in Listerine for its antiseptic actions)
  • Thyme oil may strengthen the nerves and stimulate the brain in order to help memory and concentration. It may help to release mental blocks at the same time
  • The thymol content of Thyme essential oil works as an expectorant and cough suppressant and is frequently used in cough syrups prescribed for lung ailments like bronchitis. Thyme oil has a warming ability which helps to eliminate mucous and phlegm
  • The carminative properties of Thyme make it an effective treatment for stomach upsets.
  • It may also increase the propensity of white blood cells, perhaps increasing the power of the immune system
  • Helping to eliminate excess uric acid from the body, conditions like gout, sciatica, arthritis, and rheumatism can be more easily combatted
  • Thyme essential oil may valuable as a local application to neuralgic & rheumatic aches and pains
  • Thyme oil can be a stimulant for the digestive system, helping to eliminate worms, reduce gastric infections, and ease dyspepsia
  • Thyme is also good for headaches caused from gastric complaints
  • Thyme Oil may be good for the scalp, helping to treat dandruff and hair loss
  • Dermatitis, wounds, boils and carbuncles may also be diminished with this essential oil
  • Other : lice, oily skin, poor circulation, scabies, sore throat, exhaustion, depression, fortifies the lungs, sinusitis, catarrh, sprains and sport injuries, cellulite, anorexia, obesity, edema, leucorrhoea
  • Avoid in cases of hypertension
  • Moderate dermal irritant and strong mucous membrant irritant
  • It should not be used during pregnancy or in cases of high blood pressure
  • It should not be used for skin care products
  • It should be used in low concentrations
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction, dilute properly!
Blend With
Bergamot Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Oregano Oil, Rosemary Oil, Grapefruit, Lavender, and Pine


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