Thyme essential oil is extracted from medicinal thyme (Thymus vulgaris Labiatae) blossoms and leaves, using steam distillation method. Thyme essential oil has a rather intensive, distinctive herbal scent.
Containing thymol, thyme essential oil is known for its strong antiseptic effect.
Its pleasant herbal scent makes it a very popular component for soaps, bath extracts, sea salt, etc.
Creams, tonics, lotions and shampoos with thyme essential oil prevent early hair loss and dandruffs. Used for foot creams and lotions, thyme essential oil improves the condition of the skin between toes and relieves increased sweating of the feet.
Thyme essential oil is one of the strongest of all essential oils, thus used in low concentrations.
Thyme essential oil is also used as a food flavouring.
At home thyme essential oil can be used to disinfect air and eliminate unpleasant odours.
Methods and amounts of use:
Aromatic bath: essential oils are insoluble in water, thus dissolve 10-30 drops of essential oil mix in a glass of milk, kephir, yoghurt, cream, a tablespoon of plant oil or some honey and then pour the mixture into your bath.
Cream or lotion: put 10-15 drops of the essential oil mix into 1 spoon of unfragranced cream or lotion.
Hand cream or lotion: one-time use: 3 drops of the essential oil in 1 teaspoon of fatty oil.
After-shave lotion: 40 drops of essential oil mix into 120 ml of apple vinegar or vodka and 80 ml of distilled water.
Massage: 10-15 drops of essential oil mix into 2 tablespoons of plant oil.
Shampoo, conditioner or for rinsing hair: add 2 drops of the essential oil into the bottle of shampoo or 2-3 l of water with some lemon juice.
Sauna: 15 drops of essential oil mix into 10 l of hot water for soaking besoms.
Aromatic lamp: 4-5 drops for 5 sq. m. area. For daily use (don’t forget to add warm water).
Facial steam bath: 2-3 drops into 1 l hot water.
Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products, identifies the following allergens:
Thyme essential oil includes natural components: limonene, linalool.