The ancient Egyptians used Thyme for embalming, the Greeks and Romans for medicinal purposes. The name has two possible Greek origins. The first being thymon which means to fumigate. This comes from the herb being used as an incense. The second is thumon meaning courage. Thyme was associated with bravery.
Source: Thymus vulgaris is grown for oil in Spain, Morocco, France, Algeria, Israel and Greece.
Extraction: Thyme essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of the perennial herbaceous plant.
Aroma: Thyme essential oil has a sweet, tangy, herbaceous scent.
Fragrance note: Middle.
Properties: Thyme essential oil contains Thymol (a powerful antiseptic). It is a good stimulant and insect repellent.
In aromatherapy, Thyme essential oil is most useful for relieving tension, fatigue, feelings of anxiety, headaches, skin irritation, coughs, colds and rheumatic aches and pains.
It is disliked by most flying insects.
Uses: Massage, baths and vaporization.
Mixed with other anti-stress oils, it makes an invigorating bath.
It is excellent for massaging into aching muscles, for headaches and rheumatic pain. Inhaled with steam, it is excellent for breathing problems.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cyprus, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Peru Balsam, Pine, Rosemary and Tea Tree.
Caution: White Thyme essential oil is perfectly safe for home use if well diluted before application and used in moderation.
However, do not use during pregnancy.
Red thyme is toxic and should not be used at all.