Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme is a is a perennial evergreen sub-shrub with greenish-gray leaves and pale purple flowers.
- Botanical Family: Lamiceae
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: There are different chemotypes of Thyme: borneol, gerianiol, linalool, thujanol-4, and thymol. Each chemotype has different therapeutic actions, scent profiles, and precautions.
- Chemistry: Thyme is primarily comprised of Monoterpene Alcohols depending on the density of the chemotype (borneol, gerianiol, linalool, thujanol-4, or thymol)
Thyme ct borneol
- Musculoskeletal: Soothes inflammations
- Respiratory: Aids with inflammations and infections
- Skin: helps with skin infections
- Genitourinary: helps with infections
- Immune System: helps with upper respiratory, digestive, and genitourinary infections
- Nervous System: helps with sleeplessness
- Digestive: Soothes inflammations and infections
- Skin: Calms inflamed or infected skin
- Respiratory: Helps with respiratory ailments, infections, and inflammations
- Genitourinary: Helps with urinary tract infections
- Genitourinary: Helps with infections
- Respiratory: Helps with respiratory ailments and inflammations
- Nervous System: Calms and uplifts feelings of sadness
- Respiratory: Helps with inflammations and infections
- Immune System: Supports the immune system
- Musculoskeletal: Soothes pain and inflammation
- Digestive: helps with digestive infections and discomfort
- Scent Profile: Thyme ct borneol is a mid to base note with a strong, spicy, and balsamic aroma. Thyme ct gerianol is a middle note with a citrus floral aroma. Thyme ct linalool is a mid note with a woody, herbaceous aroma. Thyme ct thujanol-4 is a mid note with a herbaceous, underlying floral aroma. Thyme ct thymol is a base note with a strong, pungent, herbaceous aroma.
- Longevity: The aroma of Thyme can last up to 172 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Green, Herbaceous
- Blends well with: Angelica Root, Bergamot, Cinnamon bark, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus citriodora, Eucalyptus Globulus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Hyssop, Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melissa, Oregano, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosalina, Rosemary ct camphor, Rosemary ct cineole, Rosemary ct verbenone, Sage, Sandalwood, Scots Pine, Tea Tree.
- Thyme ct borneol: may inhibit blood clotting; skin irritation; mucous membrane irritant. Avoid internal use if the individual is taking anticoagulant medication, or about to have major surgery. Avoid with peptic ulcer and with hemophilia or other bleeding disorders.
- Thyme ct gerianol: may cause drug interactions
- Thyme ct linalool: none known
- Thyme ct. thujanol-4: none known
- Thyme ct thymol could stimulate contractions during pregnancy. May inhibit blood clotting; skin irritation; mucus membrane irritant. Avoid applying to open wounds.
- Thyme is high in phenols and can be toxic to cats. Read more about Essential Oils Toxicity for Cats.
Products Using Thyme ct linalool Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.