Thyme Essential Oil
The genus Thymus belongs to the family Lamiaceae and is highly complex, consisting of more than 100 species known by over 300 common names.
The thyme species used to produce essential oil is Thymus vulgaris and is believed to be an improved, cultivated form of wild thyme originating in Spain and Europe's mountainous regions.
The less aromatic Thymus serpyllum sometimes referred to as the ' thyme mother ' and known as the Serpolet in France, is a close relationship of Thymus vulgaris, but not the same species.
Thymus vulgaris/ Thymus zygis
Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Leaves and Flowers/Buds
Medium and Slightly Oily
Thyme Essential Oil smells fresh, herbaceous and slightly medicinal.
With its origins in France, the Mediterranean regions and other parts of southern Europe, Thyme Essential Oil has been widely used for centuries to soothe the mind, body and soul.
The name thyme comes from the Greek word ' thymos ' meaning ' perfume, ' which signifies the plant's rich scent. Ancient Egyptians used thyme as one of the steps in the process of embalming and mummification.
Thyme was valued by ancient herbalists for their power to protect evil spirits and bad dreams. In order to promote better, calmer night, it was even hidden under pillows.
- The type of essential oil produced depends on a variety of factors ranging from geographical location and altitude to the amount of sunlight, humidity, and rain to which it is exposed.
- Before going to battle, Roman soldiers would bathe in thyme, and the bravest knights wore thyme-sticked scarves.
Uses and Benefits
Don't let those bugged you, just give them some Thyme. Thyme oil includes chemical properties that normally repel insects. To keep these bugs away, place a few drops of thyme oil on a cotton ball and place it in corners where those little crawls are sure to hide.