Thyme Oil

thyme Thymus vulgaris

Thyme oil.....

Thyme is indigenous to Southern Europe. In India, it grows wild in the temperate Himalayas. The genus Thymus produces many species, subspecies, and chemotypes all around the Mediterranean Sea. It had recently been discovered that the same subspecies can produce oils with totally different chemical composition. This phenomenon is called chemotyping. This variation is thought to be because of climatic and other environment differences. This oil contains the phenols, thymol and carvacrol, as well as cymene, pinene and borneol.

Thyme has been widely used since antiquity because of its warming, stimulant, and cleansing properties. Most present day research has been centered on its ability as an antibacterial and anti-infectious agent, even when diffused in the air.

This herb was used by the Egyptians for embalming. It was used by both the ancient Greeks and Romans. So important was the herb’s aroma that its name was chosen from the Greek "thymon" which means “to fumigate”. On the other hand, its name has also been linked to the Greek word thumon, meaning “courage” – as the plant was associated with bravery. Actually, Roman soldiers bathed in thyme before entering a battle, and in the Middle Ages sprigs of thyme were woven into the scarves of knights departing for the Crusades.

Thyme is also a widely used culinary herb. It’s used in Jamaica, South Africa, Jordan, France, India, Central Europe, the Mediterranean, and US in the Creole cuisine of New Orleans.

Thyme oil is very potent and a drop or two is all that is ever needed.

Giralda Tower Seen from Alcazar Gardens, Seville, Spain
Giralda Tower Seen from Alcazar Gardens, Seville, Spain

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Botanical Name - Thymus vulgaris

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Flowering plant

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Warm, spicy-herbaceous, powerful

Largest Producing Countries - Spain and France

Traditional Use - Thyme oil is used in mouthwashes, gargles, toothpastes and cough lozenges.

Properties - Analgesic, anthelminthic, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antiputrescent, antirheumatic, antiseptic, (intestinal, pulmonary, genito-urinary), antispasmodic, antitussive, antitoxic, antivenomus, antiviral, aperitif, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, balsamic, carminative, cicatrizant, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, parasiticide, pectoral, revulsive, rubefacient, stimulant (immune system, circulation), sudorific, tonic, and vermifuge.

Benefits - Abscess, acne, anorexia, arthritis, asthma, balsamic, bronchitis, bruises, burns, catarrh, cellulitis, chills, colds, coughs, cuts, cystitis, dermatitis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, eczema, edema, expectorant, flatulence, flu, gout, gum infections, headaches, infectious diseases, insect bites, insomnia, gum infections, laryngitis, lice, muscular aches and pains, nervous debility and stress related conditions, obesity, oily skin, poor circulation, rheumatism, scabies, sinusitis, sore throat, sports injuries, sprains, thrush, tonsillitis, urethritis, verrucas, and warts.

Blends Well With - Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus (all), geranium, grapefruit, lavandin, lavender, lemon, marjoram, melissa, Peru balsam, pine, rosemary, and tea tree.

Safety DataThyme oil shouldn’t be used on children or while pregnant. This oil can be a mucous membrane and skin irritant.

Detail of the Exterior of a House with a Green Door and Woodwork, Arenas De San Pedro, Spain
Detail of the Exterior of a House with a Green Door and Woodwork, Arenas De San Pedro, Spain

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