Latin name: Thymus vulgaris
Country of origin: Spain
Part of the plant: Leaves and flowering tops (dried or partially dried)
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Thymol, para-cymene, gamma-terpinene
Properties: Antibacterial, stimulant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antifungal, analgesic, expectorant.
Physical uses: Muscle spasms, muscle aches, stiff joints, colds, coughs, bronchitis, flu, respiratory congestion, infections (bacterial, viral, fungal), respiratory congestion, poor circulation, water retention, fatigue, immune support.
Skin care uses: Insect bites, dandruff, blemishes, minor skin infections (bacterial, viral, fungal), scalp tonic.
Psychological uses: Mental fatigue, mild depression, mental fog,
Subtle uses: Clears mental energy blocks. Promotes courage.
Notes: Use Thyme, ct. thymol in a 1-5% dilution. Avoid use during pregnancy. Avoid if you have high blood pressure.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Which One to Choose Thyme, ct. thymol or Thyme, ct. linalol?
Similarities: They both have herbaceous aromas and are highly anti-infectious and good immune stimulants.
Differences: Thyme, ct. linalol has a fresh, spicy, slightly sweet aroma. It is gentler and the best choice for use on the skin. Thyme, ct. thymol has a sharp, woody-spicy, warm aroma. Since it is stronger and more stimulating, care must be taken with its use.
Methods of Use
Bath, Foot: Mix 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Set aside. Fill a tub (deep enough to cover your feet and ankles) with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and massage your feet.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to your upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring and apply 3 more times.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage (specific area): Mix 6-15 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Scalp Oil: Mix 12-24 drops of essential oil in 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil or jojoba, or a blend of both. Store in a glass bottle with a cap. Use approximately 1 teaspoon to massage into scalp at night. Shampoo in the morning.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)