THYME (Thymus spp)
Family: Labiatae (mint)
Source: The Essential oil is obtained from the Flowers, leaves.
Fragrance:Light, fresh, slightly musty.
Volatility: Middle note.
General description and habitat:
Native to Europe, especially in the Mediterranean; now spread worldwide, to America and even Iceland; some provide groundcover, others can grow up to 1 foot; leaves of all species are aromatic, more so in cultivated species; flowers range from white to pale pink, lilac and deep red.. Those grown in warm climates are more powerfully scented.
May also be designated by color, e.g. "red" (Thymus Vulgaris) or "white" (Greece).
Thymol, carvacrol, borneol, cineol, linalool, menthone, cymene, pinene, triterpenic acid.
History and folk use:
Believed to have been used as long ago as 3,500BC by the Sumerians. It was known to the ancient Egyptians and used in embalming.
The Romans used the plant medicinally, e.g. for epilepsy, relaxation, headaches, and snake bites.
St. Hildegarde recommended it for plague, paralysis, leprosy and body lice. In the seventeenth century it was believed to be a brain strengthener and in the eighteenth century it was included in many preparations.
During the First World War it was used as a disinfectant in hospitals.
Properties & Uses
Asthma Backache Colds, Fever Influenza Rheumatism Skin problems
Aches & Pains, Alopecia, Anemia, Anorexia, Arthritis, Bad Breath, Baldness, Bites & Stings, Boils & Carbuncles, Bruises, Coughs, Dandruff, Depression, Flatulence, Gout, Hypotension, Immune System, Indigestion, Irritability, Liver Tonic, Lumbago, Menstruation, Mononucleosis, Mouth Infections, Myalgic Encephalitis, Nervous Exhaustion, Pneumonia, Poor Circulation, Poor Memory, Rhinitis, Scabies, Sinusitis, Sores, Urinary Tract Infections, Whooping Cough, Wounds.
Not to be used by children, hypertensives or pregnant women.
Only use with professional guidance.
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