Latin name: Thymus vulgaris ct linalool
Synonyms: White thyme, French thymePlant family: Lamiaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the flowering tops
Origin: Spain and the Mediterranean , cultivated in Spain and France
Plant characteristics: A perennial evergreen herb, about 40cms high with a woody root. It has small, oval leaves, from which the aromatic essential oil is obtained and pale purple or white flowers.
Oil characteristics: A yellow liquid with a sweet, green, geranium-like aroma, with herby undertones.
Traditional use: One of the earliest medicinal plants in Western herbal medicine. Was used for the immune system, respiratory conditions, infectious disease, asthma in children and as a nerve tonic
Blends well with: lavender, geranium, lemon and clary-sage.
Cautions and comments: There are no known contra-indications. Sweet thyme oils do not contain the aggressive elements of the red thymes and are therefore preferred for general use, particularly for children and the elderly.
Main chemical constituents: Alcohols (60% – 90%)
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.