Botanical: Thymus vulgaris
Family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae (mint)
Thyme is a small, shrubby evergreen that is native to the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe and can be found growing wild and cultivated in the warm, sunny fields of Europe and North America, where it also grows to a height of eighteen inches.
Thyme is an ancient herb that was used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Its name is derived from the Greek word, thymos, which has been translated to mean both “perfume” and “courage,” and it was burned as incense and an offering to the gods in Greek temples. The Egyptians used it in the embalming process (it is still used in embalming fluid) and also as a preservative. During the Middle Ages, Thyme was given to jousting knights for courage, and departing Crusaders received Thyme-embroidered scarves from their ladies to keep up their spirits and inspire courage. It was also believed that the raw plant would ward off diseases if kept in houses or public forums.
Thyme is an indispensable spice in many kitchens throughout the world today, and its powerful antiseptic qualities are also employed in many commercial cosmetic and pharmaceutical preparations.
The essential oil of Thyme is extracted from the fresh or partly dried flowering tops and leaves of the plant. Steam distillations yield is .7-1%.
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Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled (usually twice to get the proper purity)
Color: Reddish Brown to Amber
Consistency: Medium and Slightly Oily
Aromatic Description: Fresh, Sweet, Strong herbal
Constituents: a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, p-cymene, a-terpinene, linalool, borneol, b-caryophyllene, thymol, carvacrol
Therapeutic properties: Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, cardio-tonic, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge
Contraindications: Avoid the use of Thyme Oil in cases of hypertension. It is a very potent oil and should not be used during pregnancy or in cases of high blood pressure. It is a moderate dermal irritant and strong mucous membrane irritant because of the phenols (carvacrol and thymol). Use in low concentrations. Those who are allergic to members of the mint family (thyme, basil, sage, marjoram, etc.) should avoid this Thyme Oil.