Thyme Essential Oil
Thymus satureiodes coss, steam distilled from the leaves, from Morocco
Aroma: Thyme has a woody, medicinal scent described as spicy and green.
Description: The Thyme plant is an evergreen perennial shrub that grows up to 45 cm (18 inches) in height. It has a woody root system, a multi-branched stem, small elliptical greenish gray aromatic leaves and pale purple or white flowers. Thyme is derived from the Greek word 'thymos' that means 'perfume'. White Thyme can also be derived from this species if the Red Thyme is further distilled; nonetheless, White Thyme is more commonly derived from the Thymus Zygis species.
Colour: A thin, clear, pale yellow liquid.
Common Uses: Thyme Essential Oil has been used effectively as a bactericide, antiseptic, antimicrobial, astringent, antispasmodic, antitoxic, diuretic, antifungal, insecticide, tonic, and as an immune stimulant. Thyme Oil can assist with nervous complaints, respiratory problems, poor circulation and problems of the digestive system.
TO USE: The active ingredient Thymol may crystallize in temperatures below 20 degree Celsius. Place the bottle in a very hot water bath, changing the water frequently and once it is back to the liquid state be sure to shake before use.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary and Pine.
History: Thyme was used in ancient herbal medicine Greeks, Egyptians and the Romans. It was used as incense in Greek temples and the Egyptians used it in embalming. During the Middle Ages it was given to jousting Knights for courage, and a sprig of thyme was carried into courtrooms to ward off diseases.
Carvacrol, thymol, b-caryophyllene, borneol, linalool, a-terpinene, p-cymene, b-pinene, camphene, a-pinene, camphor, gamma terpinene
Cautions: Thyme Essential Oil should be avoid during pregnancy, or if a history of high blood pressure exists. Thyme contains a high amount of thymol that can irritate mucus membranes, and must be diluted well before use. Avoid use if under the care of a medical practitioner. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.