- Essential Oils & Extracts
- Quality & Chemistry
Derived from the Greek word 'thumus' meaning 'courage', Thyme is a perennial evergreen shrub with small, stalky stems sprouting small, ovoid grey-green fragrant leaves, and pale-purple flowers. This linalol chemotype is reputedly the most gentle variety and is native to the sun-exposed Spanish hills and the rocky banks of the Mediterranean Sea.
The main component of Thyme oil is Thymol, a powerful antiseptic which considered to be quite toxic if used improperly. It is common knowledge among aromatherapists that the essential oil of Thyme is one of the most potently antiseptic essential oils known. Thymol has been extensively documented for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal action. According to Jean Valnet, M.D., Thyme oil kills the anthrax bacillus, the typhoid bacillus, meningococcus, and the agent responsible for tuberculosis and is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria. In addition, this component has been studied for its effects on gingivitis and plaque-caused organisms in the mouth (it is used in Listerine for its antiseptic actions). This is the Linalool chemotype, the most gentle variety of Thyme oils. The oil is mainly located in small glands on the leaves and contains thymol, paracymene & linalool. This essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops of French-grown Thyme plants.