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Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)

What is Thyme?

Thyme is a member of the mint family and was used hundreds of years ago for fumigation and embalming. Thyme oil is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is used in aromatherapy, potpourri, mouthwashes, and elixirs, as well as being added to ointments and creams.

Thyme essential oil is produced through steam distillation of the fresh or partially dried leaves and flowers of the thyme plant which creates red thyme oil and has a strong, spicy smell. This red oil contains high amount of phenols, thereby, making it a much more expensive oil than the white oil. Further distillation of the red oil yields white thyme oil, either clear or pale-yellow with a mild fragrance.

Thyme oil

Aroma

Strong, spicy and herbaceous

Plant Properties

Antifungal, antibacterial, antibiotic, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, bactericidal, cardiac, carminative, cicatrisant, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic, and vermifugal substance.

Benefits

Eliminate spasms, give relief from rheumatism by removing toxins, protect wounds from becoming septic, and it kills bacteria. Thyme essential oil helps to cure chest infections, coughs and colds, is good for heart health, gives relief from excess gas, heals scars and after marks, increases urination, regulates menstrual cycles, and cures coughs and colds.

Blends with:

Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, most citrus oils, lavender, marjoram, balsam, pine, rosemary and tea tree oils