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thyme essential oil

  • Common name:
    Red Thyme.
  • Botanical (and family):
    Thymus vulgaris. Family Laviatae.
  • Distribution:
    Native to Spain and the Mediterranean. Now found in Russia, China and Central Europe.
  • Description of plant:
    An evergreen shrub with small grey-green, oval aromatic leaves and pale purple flowers.
    NOTE: White Thyme oil is a rectified version of Red Thyme.
  • Extraction:
    Steam distillation from fresh or partially dried leaves and flowering tops.
  • Charactersitics:
    Brownish-red, orange-red, or greyish-brown coloured liquid, rich and powerful, sweet and warm-herbaceous, somewhat spicy and distinctly aromatic.
  • Odour effects:
    Powerful and strengthening.
  • Cautions:
    Toxicity is possible with prolonged use. This is most likely because of its high phenolic content. It should be avoided in pregnancy and cases of high blood pressure. It could irritate the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Main chemical constituents:
    Linalyl acetate, terpinyl acetate - 2%
    Camphor, Thujone - 9%
    Beta Caryophyllene - 1,5%
    1,8-Cineol, Linalool oxide - 4%
    P-cymene, alpha-pinene, camphene, myrcene, limonene, terpinolene - 25%
    Borneol, linalool, terpinen-4-ol - 17%
    Thymol, carvacrol - 40%
  • Properties and indications:
    Strengthens nerves and activates brain cells, aiding memory and concentration. Revives low spirits and combats depression. Helpful in trauma.
    An excellent immuno-stimulant. Can be used for tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis and asthma. Helps to eliminate phlegm. Good for circulation and raises low blood pressure. Could be used for rheumatism, gout, arthritis and sciatica, since its diuretic action facilitates the removal of uric acid. May stop nose bleeding. A digestive stimulant and internal antiseptic, very good for gastric infections. Helpful in childbirth, speeding delivery and expelling the afterbirth.
    Tonic for the scalp. Helpful with wounds, sores, dermatitis, boils and carbuncles.
  • Other uses:
    Used extensively in flavours, sauces, dressings, pickles, canned meat, etc. Germicidal properties are exploited in gargles, mouthwashes and dentifrices. Used in cough syrups, lozenges, with peppermint and eucalyptus.
  • Blends well with:
    Bergamot, Cedarwood, Camomile, Juniperberry, Lemon, Niaouli, Mandarin, Melissa, Rosemary, Ti-tree.