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Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol)


Name: Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol)

Species: Thymus vulgaris ct thymol

Part: Herb

Extraction: Steam Distilled

Aroma: Warm and herbaceous, with a splash of spice


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Name Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol)
Batch TV115TT8
Species Thymus vulgaris ct thymol
Part Herb
Extraction Steam Distilled
Source Germany
Color Pale Yellow
Consistency Medium
Note Middle
Aroma Warm and herbaceous, with a splash of spice
Blend Ideas Bergamot, Clary Sage, CypressEucalyptusGeraniumGrapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Marjoram, Oregano, Pine, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Vetiver

We source only pure essential oils.

As an herb, thyme was one of Hippocrates’ 400 simples.  As an oil, I could probably come up with at least that many uses. Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) is an extremely versatile oil that aids in a number of things.  This particular distillation is one of the gentler version of thyme essential oil (there are many).  I'll list a few here . . . you can come up with ideas based on those.

Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) has the highest antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties of any thyme, which makes it a good choice for cleansing the air during seasonal illnesses (by diffusing) as well as a good addition to all-purpose green cleansers during those times.  It's good for respiratory support.  It's not a favorite scent of mine, so I tend to use a little thyme mixed with sweet orange or lemon either way.

Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) is also good for digestive upset when diluted with a carrier and massaged into the abdomen.

Its antifungal properties make it a good choice for healthy feet and toenails (diluted, of course).

Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and other rashes from plant contact can be cleansed with Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) (diluted in witch hazel) to aid in drying up the rash.  We suggest adding lavender, tea tree, and frankincense as well to help with the itching.  The thyme in witch hazel is also a good astringent for blemished skin.

Mixed with liquid soaps or body washes, thyme is also good for cleansing away scents that are "stuck" in the skin, such as gasoline, oil, and scents from surroundings (hospitals, commercial kitchens).  I know a nurse that cleanses away her "work smell" as she calls it — that disinfectant smell she picks up from being at a hospital for hours on end.  She adds about 150 drops (1.5% dilution) to a 16oz bottle of body wash so that it's always ready.

For scalp health, try diluting Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) in jojoba and massaging into the scalp before you shampoo.

I like to add Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) to blends for joints and muscles.  It's nice in baths to alleviate soreness as well . . . dilute it in castile soap (a shot gloss full) and mix that with epsom salts, then add to bathwater.  You do not want any essential oil just sitting on top of your water, so diluting in the castile soap is important as it give the essential oils something to attach to.  I do not recommend this for jacuzzi type tubs.  I can't imagine what essential oils will do to the the hoses and jets.  I apply my topical blend after my bath to reinforce the action.  If you're wondering why I don't just list ingredients, it's because those change, depending on the person.  Some oils are contraindicated for certain situations.  I, personally don't have those situations, so I can use them all . . . but you may not.  Always check the safety warnings to be sure the oil is okay for you.

With our pre-diluted oils . . . if diluted for kids is the highest dilution you see, it’s also the max dilution possible. Pre-diluted oils are in fractionated coconut oil.


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Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) Safety Info

Tisserand and Young note that a dermal maximum of 1.3% be used to avoid irritation.  Because it may inhibit blood clotting, it should not be used orally by people who are taking blood thinners, about to have major surgery, have a peptic ulcer, have hemophilia, or have other bleeding disorders.  Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) should still follow the safety guidelines below. ~ Source:  Tisserand, Robert and Young, Rodney. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals: Churchill Livingstone; 2 edition (2013). Reading the full profile for Thyme Essential Oil (Thymol) is highly suggested by your DeRu Staff.

While we’ve made this clear that we are selling this essential oil to use in your diffuser, your inhaler, or topically (diluted), it is a pure essential oil and can be used as such.  With all essential oils:

  • Never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes (this includes mouth, ear canals, noses, genital regions as well as internal areas).  The strength of essential oils can easily damage these soft tissue areas.
  • Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
    Keep away from children.
  • If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

  • Oral Safety is only given because many people have been told to take oils internally.  Because several people look to us for safety advice, we feel obligated to offer those safety statements, although we do not believe anyone should be ingesting essential oils without being guided by an expert.  Experts will take your medical history into account before they suggest oils for you to ingest, diffuse, or use topically.

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    1. A study of the minimum inhibitory concentration and mode of action of oregano essential oil, thymol and carvacrol


    2. The antibacterial mechanism of carvacrol and thymol against Escherichia coli


    3. Chemical Profile, Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activity of Thyme and Oregano Essential Oils, Thymol and Carvacrol and Their Possible Synergism


    4. Effects of Thymol and Carvacrol, Constituents of Thymus vulgaris L. Essential Oil, on the Inflammatory Response


    5. The Fungicidal Activity of Thymol against Fusarium graminearum via Inducing Lipid Peroxidation and Disrupting Ergosterol Biosynthesis


    6. In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils against Streptococcus pyogenes


    7. In‐vitro antimicrobial activity and chemical composition of Sardinian Thymus essential oils


    Information provided has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

    The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.

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