About Thyme Essential Oil
Among the most powerfully cleansing essential oils, this pungent, thyme oil is a core resource of the plant world to purify and enhance immunity. Thymol, the predominant volatile compound in this thyme distillation, possesses warming, stimulating qualities that purify and boost immunity. Strongly herbaceous in fragrance, the oil is steam distilled for Floracopeia from plants organically cultivated in Albania.
Thyme's high thymol content encourages expectoration and its warming effect reduces excesses of mucous and phlegm. When diluted in massage oil, thyme oil can help to enhance circulation and to aid healthy muscle and joint function. Thyme can also be used to uplift mood and to enhance mental stamina. Used in the diffuser with other oils such as conifers, thyme oil strengthens the nerves and enhances brain function, improving memory and concentration.
How to Use Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme oil should never be used undiluted on the skin. It can be applied topically at very low dilutions of 1% or less or used in a blend as a compress. It may also be used in direct inhalation or diffused.
- For immune support and the promotion of muscular and joint health, mix one drop thyme with a few drops of lavender and chamomile in a carrier oil. Massage into skin as needed.
- Blend 2 drops thyme oil in a carrier oil and massage into lower abdomen to support the urinary system. A castor oil pack can enhance the effect.
- One drop in warm bathwater mixed with 4 drops of roman chamomile oil can be soothing to all systems and can aid in boosting immune function.
- Steam inhale or diffuse a few drops of thyme oil mixed with pine oil, spruce oil, rosemary oil and eucalyptus oil to help with respiratory health and decongestion.
Interesting Thyme Essential Oil Information
In Greek, "thymos” means "to perfume"; one of thyme's many traditional uses was in fumigation. Ancient Egyptians used thyme oil for embalming. In many ancient cultures, it was believed that thyme instilled the virtues of strength, energy, and bravery.
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Safety Considerations for Thyme Essential Oil
Caution: thyme oil is extremely dermo-caustic: do not apply directly to the skin. Do not use during pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure. May cause irritation to sensitive skin, so please dilute at 1% or less. Do not take thyme essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Thyme Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Middle to top note
- Odor: Herbaceous, pungent, slightly sweet, medicinal, spicy
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong
- Dry-out: Dry-herbaceous, antiseptic
- Blends Well With: Citrus oils, particularly bergamot oil, grapefruit oil, lemon oil and orange oil; also marjoram oil, oregano oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil and pine oil
- Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Thyme Essential Oil
- Origin: Albania
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Organic
- Plant Part: Leaves and flowering tops
- Color: Clear to light yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Yield: 2% - 5%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)