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Thyme Oil: Its Origin, Uses, and Benefits

Common Name: Common Thyme

Latin Name: Thymus vulgaris

Aromatherapy Uses: Thyme Oil is noted for its effects on stimulating intelligence. Thyme Essential Oil is also used for colds, flu, and other infectious diseases. For the Nervous System, Thyme Essential Oil can help with Headaches, insomnia, and settling nerves.

Discussion: Thyme (Thymus) is a genus of about 350 species of aromatic perennial herbs and sub-shrubs to 40 cm tall, in the Family Lamiaceae.

History of use: Ancient Egyptians used this herb in embalming. The Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples. It was thought that the spread of thyme throughout Europe was thanks the Romans as they used it to purify their rooms.

In medieval times, women would often give knights and warriors gifts that included thyme leaves as it was believed to bring courage to the bearer. Thyme was also used as incense and placed on coffins during funerals as it was supposed to assure passage into the next life.

Oil Extraction Method: Thyme Oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves or tops of the plant – either fresh or dried.

Oil Characteristics: There are two types of Thyme Oil; One is the pure oil which is reddish-brown, and has a strong spicy scent. The other is a further refinement of the first oil, and is a clear to light yellow liquid with a sweet fresh scent.

Plant Distribution: Thyme is native to Spain, and is now found in Europe, North Africa, Russia, the USA, and Asia among other countries. For more information on Thyme from Wikipedia, click here -> Thyme

Scent Blending: Thyme Oil blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Rosemary, and other oils.

Safety Notes: Thyme Essential Oil should always be used in dilution as the pure oil is very strong and contains toxins. The white/light yellow oil is refined more, and thus creates less sensitivity to the skin and mucus membranes. The clear oil is safe to use with children. Do not use either type of oil during pregnancy.

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