Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum)

Thyme is another plant used since antiquity. In Ancient Rome it was used to adorn the winners in sports competitions, while the Ancient Egyptians used it as an ingredient in the embalming of mummies.  An Ancient Greek legend tells that thyme grew in the spot where Aphrodite took a bath after making love with Hephaestus.   The word “thymos” means courage, strength, thought, in Greek.

Thyme oil helps the memory and concentration and can relieve exhaustion and combat depression. It fortifies the lungs and battles colds, coughs, asthma, laryngitis, sinusitis, catarrh, whooping cough, sore throats and tonsillitis.

Thyme oil is beneficial as an immune system booster and can fight infectious diseases.  It also acts as a urinary antiseptic and is very helpful for cystitis and urethritis. The warming effect of this oil can help in cases of poor circulation, as well as for arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscular aches and pains, sprains and sport injuries.
In cosmetics, thyme oil is used for its hydrating effect and is recommended for dry skin and hair, against dandruff and hair loss.

Thyme oil is also used in the food industry, both as a flavoring and as a well-known preservative, especially useful for canning.  It is also an excellent plant for producing honey. 

Thyme is a very potent oil and should not be used during pregnancy and in cases of high blood pressure.


homogenous liquid

pale yellow to reddish

specific of thyme, with a slight lemon note   

Plant parts used in distillation:
above ground parts

Growing method

thymol, carvacrol

Additional components:

linalool, linalylacetate, p-cymol, camphene, limonene, cariophylene, cineol, terpinene, cymol, borneol, terpinenol, terpineol, etc.

in well-sealed containers at 5 to 15º C, away from direct sunshine or heat sources, in well-ventilated premises. The oil should not be stored for a long time in steel and zinc-coated barrels as it changes its color and deposits phenolates as a result of chemical reactions.

Shelf life

Harvesting period
June through September

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