Green Valley Aromatherapy

Thyme, white

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General Properties

  • antifungal
  • anti-infectious
  • antimicrobial
  • antiseptic
  • diuretic
  • immuno-stimulant
Origin: Spain. Steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the herb. Middle note.


Thyme is steam distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of the herb not once but twice to help remove irritating substances in the plant. Some of its countries of origin are the Mediterranean and Egypt. A few of its active constituents are thymol and carvacrol (makes up over 60% of the oil).

Essential oil of Thyme may help to control the proliferation of bacteria and is a digestive stimulant. It is an intestinal antiseptic, making it helpful when treating gastric infections. Thyme is excellent when used against mouth and throat infections, especially when used as an inhalation.

As a urinary tract antiseptic and diuretic this oil is highly valued for treating infections of the bladder or urinary tract. What may be Thyme's most valuable gift is its ability to stimulate the body's production of white corpuscles, thereby strengthening the body's resistance to invading organisms. Thyme is reported to help revive and strengthen both the body and mind and to stimulate the brain and improve memory in much the same way rosemary does. When mixed in with a hand wash, Thyme is a great disinfectant (actually stronger than many washes used in hospitals!).

This oil blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram and Rosemary.

Specific Cautions

Do not use on children. Do not use in people with high blood pressure. Avoid during pregnancy. Mucous membrane irritant. Maximum dilution 1% for adults. This is a VERY powerful oil, use with caution.


Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications

Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.