Thyme Thymus vulgaris  Essential Oil Information

Thymus vulgaris

Thyme Essential Oil

Botanical Name

Alternative Names

Source Location

Plant part used

Thymus vulgaris

Red thyme


Leaves, flowers/buds

Extraction Method



Aroma Strength

Steam distilled

Reddish brown

Medium, oily



Fresh, medicinal, herbaceous


Thyme oil kills the anthrax bacillus, the typhoid bacillus, meningococcus, and the agent responsible for tuberculosis and is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria. Strengthens immune defenses and white blood cell production, also helps blood pressure, aids anemia, strengthens the heart, cleanses vein and artery walls. Benefits lung function, clearing chest, lung and sinus congestion, persistent coughs, and bronchitis, as well as laryngitis, tonsillitis and asthma. Aids digestion, eases nausea, indigestion, gas, bloating, as well as gastroenteritis and viral stomach flu. Helps rheumatism, gout, sciatica, injury aches and pains, as well as warming and lubricating joints.

Blends Well With

Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Oregano, Peru Balsam, Pine, Rosemary, Tea Tree


a-thujene, a-pinene, camphene, B-pinene, p-cymene, a-terpinene, linalool, borneol, B-caryophyllene, thymol, carvacrol


Anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiputrescent, antirheumatic, antiseptic (intestinal, pulmonary, genito-urinary), antispasmodic, antitussive, antitoxic, astringent, aphrodisiac, carminative, cictrisant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, nervine, revulsive, rubefacient, stimulant (immune system, circulatory), sudorific, tonic, vermifuge


Don't use in cases of high blood pressure or pregnancy. Undiluted can cause skin irritation. Test a small amount before any aromatherapy use.

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