Thymus vulgaris


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.