Thyme Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Thyme Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris

Oil Overview

Thyme essential oil has a rather sweet, yet strongly herbal smell and is reddish-brown to amber in colour.

Oil Sources

Thyme Oil originated in Hungary and is extracted by steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

A-thujone, b-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, d-sabinene, fenchone, camphone, terpinen-4-ol and bornyl acetate.



Therapeutic Properties:

Anti-rheumatic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Bactericidal, Cardiac, Carminative, Cicatrisant, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Hypotensive, Insecticide, Stimulant, Tonic, Vermifuge

Possible Uses

Arthritis, Asthma, Catarrh, Cellulite, Colds and Flu, Coughs, Depression, Edema, Exhaustion, Gout, Muscular Aches and Pains, Obesity, Respiration, Rheumatism, Sinusitis


Irritant to Sensitive Skin, Pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

It should not be used during pregnancy or in cases of high blood pressure.
It should not be used for skin care products.
It should be used in low concentrations.

Compatible Combination Oils

Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Pine, Rosemary


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