Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
Plant Part: Leaves
Description: Thyme is an evergreen perennial shrub that grows up to 45 cm (18 inches) in height. It has a woody root system with a multi-branched stem, small elliptical greenish-gray leaves and pale purple or white flowers.
Colour: Clear, pale yellow liquid.
Common Uses: Some of the most interesting health benefits of Thyme include its ability to reduce respiratory issues, boost the strength of the immune system, protect against chronic diseases, stimulate blood flow, prevent fungal infections, improve heart health, and relieve stress.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends Well With: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary and Pine.
Aromatic Scent: Red Thyme has a woody, medicinal scent described as both sharp and warming.
History: Thyme is derived from the Greek word thymos that means ‘perfume’. It was used in herbal medicines by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, as incense in Greek temples, and in embalming by the Egyptians. During the Middle Ages it was given to jousting knights for courage, and a sprig of thyme was later carried into courtrooms to ward off diseases (as well as to freshen the air).
Caution: Red Thyme contains a high amount of toxic phenols (carvacrol and thymol) that can irritate mucus membranes, and must be diluted well before use. Avoid use if under the care of a medical practitioner. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.