Thyme (Red - Thymol) Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-T06
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Thyme is a perennial aromatic herb with small green-grey leaves and violet or white flowers. Thyme essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops and leaves.
The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans used Thyme as a medicinal herb. The Greeks used it as incense and the Egyptians as part of the embalming process. Roman soldiers bathed in thyme before battle to give them courage and strength and it was given to jousting knights in the Middle Ages as a symbol of their bravery. A sprig of Thyme was often carried into early courtrooms to protect against disease and it was used as an antiseptic by the Sumerians (one of the earliest urban societies to emerge over 5000 years ago).
Today, Thyme essential oil is commonly used to prevent infection and to aid convalescence. There are many different varieties of Thyme oil available. Red Thyme is the crude distillate of the distillation process, and as the name suggests, is red in colour. It is more aggressive in its chemical make up than other variants and it is high in toxic phenols. Red Thyme should only be used by experienced aromatherapists.
Try White Thyme or Thyme Ct Linalol for milder variants.
- Species: Thymus vulgaris ct Thymol
- Plant family: Lamiaceae
- Origin: Spain
- Note: Middle
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Avoid during pregnancy and if suffering from high blood pressure. High phenol content means this oil is a dermal and strong mucous membrane irritant. Avoid on sensitive skin, with children and the elderly.
Red Thyme essential oil can be useful in aromatherapy blends for cellulite, eczema and bruising. Research has also shown that its antimicrobial properties can be beneficial in the treatment of acne.
Red Thyme has a stimulating and warming effect on the senses. It can be useful for the nerves, fatigue and for boosting the memory.
Red Thyme oil can help stimulate the body's immune system to help prevent and fight infection. It is particularly beneficial for for respiratory problems such as coughs and colds. Its warming effect can also be useful for muscular aches and pains.
Blends well with:
Other herbal oils especially Lavender, Rosemary and Marjoram, also Bergamot and Lemon.
Citral, Eugenol, Iso-eugenol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool