Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris and Thymus zygis
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: Medicinally known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties. It is also extensively used as a household cleaner.
Properties: Analgesic, anthelminthic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cell proliferant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide, parasiticide, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge
Benefits: Abscess, acne, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, burns, candida, catarrh, cellulite, chills, colds, coughs, cuts, cystitis, dermatitis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, eczema, exhaustion, fatigue, flatulence, flu, gout, gum infections, headaches, infections, insect bites, insomnia, itching, laryngitis, lice, muscular aches and pains, oily skin, poor circulation, rheumatism, scabies, sinusitis, sore throat, sprains, wounds. Topical applications such as balms and ointments may be applied locally to bruises and cuts, or rubbed into problem areas.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, marjoram, peru balsam, pine, rosemary, tea tree
Of Interest: The name has two possible Greek origins. The first being thymon which means to fumigate. This comes from the herb being used as an incense. The second is thumon meaning courage. Thyme was associated with bravery.
Safety Data: Avoid in hypertension and while pregnant or breast-feeding. May cause skin irritation.