Thyme

Plant/part: Herb/flowers and leaves (source : great britain, america and france)

Latin name: Thymus vulgaris

Family: Labiatae

Note: Top to middle

Extraction: Distillation

Aroma: A rather sweet and strongly herbal fragrance.

Properties: Fortifies the lungs when treating colds, coughs and sore throats particularly tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma. Rather warming and helps to eliminate phlegm. Basically stimulates action of white corpuscles and helps the body fight disease and deters the spread of germs. Beneficial to the immune system. Good for the circulation and raises low blood pressure.
May be used for rheumatism, gout, arthritis and sciatica since its stimulating effect and diuretic action facilitates the removal of uric acid. When used in a compress can reduce painful arthritic swelling.

Chemical constituents: Thymol, carvacrol, borneol, cineol, metnone and pinene, may contain geraniol, linlol thujanol-4 or alpha-terpineol.

Precautions: A very potent oil, one of the strongest antiseptics and toxicity is possible with prolonged use. Inhalations may be preferable to massage or baths since could irritate the skin though the mucous membranes may be susceptible too. Not to be used in cases of high blood pressure, nor in pregnancy.

Blends: Bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, juniper, lemon, niaouli, mandarin, melissa, rosemary and teatree.