Thyme Essential Oil

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Our thyme oil is extracted from Thymus vulgaris (also known as Thymus aestivus, T. ilerdensis and T. velantianus) of the Labiatae family and is also known as common or red thyme.

This essential oil can cause skin irritation, yet has great value to help with concentration and to focus, as well as being an excellent bronchial and lung stimulant, making it valuable in bronchitis, coughs, colds, asthma and the like, while the warming qualities are great for rheumatism, sciatica, arthritis and gout.

Oil properties

It has a rather sweet, yet strongly herbal smell and is reddish-brown to amber in color.

Origin of  Thyme oil

It is an ancient herb used in medicine by the Greeks, the Egyptians and the Romans and is an evergreen perennial shrub that grows up to 45 cm (18 inches) high, with a woody root system, much-branched stem, small elliptical greenish gray aromatic leaves and pale purple or white flowers.

The name is derived from the Greek word ‘thymos’ that means ‘perfume’ and was used as an incense in Greek temples. The Egyptians used it in embalming process.

During the Middle Ages it was given to jousting knights for courage, and a sprig of the herb was carried into courtrooms to ward off diseases.


It is extracted from the fresh or partly dried flowering tops and leaves of the plant by water or steam distillation and the yield is 0.7 -1.0 %.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components are a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, p-cymene, a-terpinene, linalool, borneol, b-caryophyllene, thymol and carvacrol.


It is a very potent oil and should not be used during pregnancy or in cases of high blood pressure. Because of the phenols (carvacrol and thymol), which can irritate mucus membranes and cause skin irritation, it should not be used for skin care products, and in general should be used in low concentrations.

When it is used in massage therapy, it would be a good idea to do a skin patch test to determine if the person is sensitive to it.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of thyme oil are antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, bechic, cardiac, carminative, cicatrisant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic and vermifuge.


Thyme oil strengthens the nerves, aids memory and concentration, can help with the feeling of exhaustion and combats depression, while it fortifies the lungs and helps with colds, coughs, asthma, laryngitis, sinusitis, catarrh, whooping cough, sore throats and tonsillitis.

Thyme oil is beneficial to boost the immune system and can help fight colds, flu, infectious diseases and chills and as a urinary antiseptic, it is very helpful for cystitis and urethritis.

The warming effect of this oil can help in cases of poor circulation, as well as for arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscular aches and pains, sprains and sport injuries. It is also helpful for cellulite, anorexia, obesity and edema and in cases of scanty periods, leucorrhoea, and to speed up birth and to expel afterbirth.


Thyme oil can assist with nervous complaints, respiratory problems, poor circulation and problems of the digestive system and the urinary tract.

  • Burners and vaporizers
    • In vapor therapy, thyme oil can be helpful with bronchitis, coughs, respiratory problems, sinusitis, mucus congestion and muscular aches and pains.
  • Blended oil
    • As a blended massage oil it can assist with arthritis, bronchitis, colds, flu, coughs, gout, bruises, eczema, mucus congestion, muscular aches and pains, obesity and rheumatism.
  • Mouthwash and gargle
    • Diluted as a mouthwash or as a gargle, thyme oil can help with gum infections and tonsillitis.
  • Neat application
    • Apply directly, or used neat, thyme oil could help with animal bites and boils but use with care, because of the possible of the risk of skin irritation.

Thyme oil blends well with

Although essential oils normally blend well together, Thyme oil blends particularly well with BergamotGrapefruitLemonLavenderRosemary and Pine.

More information about Thyme Oil

Skin Care ~ helps tone aged skin, beneficial for wrinkles, fine lines & other symptoms of ageing skin ~ recommended for acne, blemishes & oily skin conditions ~ helpful to remove scars & spots ~ recommended for skin & fungal infections ~ dermatitis, eczema ~ helps heal burns, wounds, rashes, cuts & sores ~ helps eliminate body odour

Body Care ~ helpful for cellulite, anorexia, obesity

Hair Care ~ may help prevent hair loss ~ treatment for scalp conditions

Digestive System ~ stimulant & carminative ~ promotes appetite ~ helpful for spasms & stomach aches, flatulence & gastroenteritis ~ treats anorexia ~ helps eliminate bad breath

Immune System ~ strengthens immunity ~ protects wounds & sores against infection ~ beneficial for chronic fatigue

Insecticidal Properties ~ effectively used to keep away parasites ~ mosquitoes, fleas, lice, bed bugs & flies ~ relieves insect bites & stings

Lymphatic System ~ aids in the removal of toxins ~ helps reduce weight, lower blood pressure ~ eliminates intestinal worms

Musculoskeletal System ~ recommended for stiff muscles, aches, pains, chills & fatigue ~ helpful for spasms ~ recommended for rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica & gout ~ stimulates circulation

Nervous System ~ effective for depression, fatigue, nervousness, anxiety, anger, lethargy, stress related complaints & insomnia ~ improves memory, focus & increases concentration ~ recommended for headaches

Respiratory System ~ tonic & expectorant properties ~ reduces pain ~ relieves spasms ~ beneficial for congestion, infection of the lungs, shallow breathing, asthma, colds, flu, cough, excess phlegm, bronchitis, laryngitis, catarrh, whopping cough, sinusitis, sore throats, tonsillitis, measles, chicken pox

Reproductive System ~ beneficial for easing menstrual cramps, irregular, obstructed & painful menstruation ~ relieves headaches, abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, dizziness & mood swings ~ helps prevent premature menopause ~ helpful to speed up birth

Urinary System ~ antiseptic ~ helpful for cystitis & urethritis

Blends Well With ~ Amyris, Basil, Bergamot, Cajeput, Camphor, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Citronella, Clary Sage, Cypress, Dill, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Lemon Scented, Eucalyptus Peppermint, Fir Needle, Fragonia, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Gingergrass, Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pink, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Scented Tea Tree, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Mandarin, May Chang, Melissa, Niaouli, Oregano, Peppermint, Pine, Rosalina, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spruce, Tea Tree, Turmeric

Safety ~ Non-toxic, non-irritant & non-sensitising ~ recommended to avoid during pregnancy & breastfeeding

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