Thyme

The thymus gland was named after the botanical name thymus, because the gland's appearance resembled the thyme flower...

Thymus vulgaris

Note: Middle - 50

Parts Used: flowers from and evergreen sub-shrub up to 45 cm high

Source: water or steam distillation from the fresh or partially dried leaves and flowering tops. 1. 'Red thyme oil' is the crude distillate. 2. 'white thyme oil' is produced by further re-distillation or rectification.

Description and Odor Effect: Red Thyme: a red, brown or orange liquid with a warm, spicy-herbaceous, powerful odor. White Thyme: a clear, pale yellow liquid with a sweet, green-fresh, milder scent.

Nature: purifying, uplifting

Blends well with: bergamot, petitgrain, rosemary, lavender, geranium, marjoram, lemon

Physical Uses: Thyme is the most antiseptic oil. It stimulates the immune system and can be used to treat respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, croup, colds, influenza, sinusitis, emphysema and whooping cough. For skin and hair conditions it is helpful for boils, wounds, sores, yeast ailments; leucorrhoea (eye disease - cornea); it stimulates low blood pressure, and can be used as a digestive aid for flatulence. Thyme is a diuretic and removes uric acid in arthritis and gout.

Mental and Emotional Uses: Can be used to treat depression, nervous exhaustion and tiredness. Thyme dispels fear and strengthens the will.

Caution: A very powerful oil - use in small quantities. Avoid during pregnancy. Thyme should be avoided by people prone to epileptic seizures.

Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antipruritic, antiputrid, antirheumatic, antiseptic (strong), antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitussive, antivenomous, antiviral, aperitif, aphrodisiac, astringent, balsamic, bronchodilator, cardiac, carminative, cicatrizant, counterirritant, cytophylactic, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensor, insecticide, nervine, parasiticide, pectoral, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, uplifting, vermifuge, warming

Applications: massage, inhalation, diffuser, mist spray, local application

Keyword: Stimulating

Thyme Magic: Women who wear a sprig of thyme in the hair make themselves irresistible. Very little is needed to stop recurring nightmares, placed under the pillow, it ensures restful sleep.

Thyme Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To boost immunity and support the body during viruses:

  • 4 drops Thyme
  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Clove Bud
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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