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Thyme Essential Oil

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Whether we sit at a desk most of the day or run marathons without breaking a sweat, our muscles often need support to maintain health. 

Thyme can invigorate the senses when directly inhaled or diffused. Thyme is also known to have antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties. 

For centuries, Thyme has been used for its remarkable natural properties. The Ancient Egyptians added Thyme to their embalming process. Additionally, Thyme remedied nervous conditions and repelled insects in Ancient Greece. A symbol of courage throughout the ages, Thyme was added to the bathwater of Roman Soldiers to empower their strength. 

Native to the Mediterranean region, Thyme is an evergreen plant that grows about one foot, sprouts small leaves and pink or pale lilac colored flowers. More than one hundred varieties of Thyme are scattered around the globe. The flowering tops and the leaves are steam distilled to capture the gorgeous essential oil.


Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris

Chemotype: Linalool

Origin: France

Method: Steam Distillation

Plant Part: Herb

Note: Middle

Family: Lamiaceae

Blends Well With: Cardamom, and other spices; Geranium, and other florals

Aroma: Dry, sweet, herbaceous, and slightly-peppery

Consistency: Thin

Color: Clear

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Thyme ct. Linalool batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Thymus vulgaris. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Shelf Life: 2-3 Years

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

SHAMPOO: Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 1 drop of Thyme and 2 drops of Tea Tree. Massage well into the scalp; rinse well before using conditioner.

RELAXING BATH: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 7 drops of Thyme, 7 drops of Lavender and 6 drops of Ylang Ylang, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake well to blend, Add 1-2 teaspoons to a full tub, relax and enjoy. (1.7% dilution)

INHALATION: Add the following to a 5 ml amber glass bottle: 15 drops of Thyme, 20 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata), 15 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of Lemon. Shake to mix well. Fill a bowl with steamy water and add 2 drops of the essential oil mixture, covering your head and bowl with a towel to keep the steam in. Inhale through your nose, with eyes closed. Breathe in the vapors for several minutes, or as desired.

INHALER/DIFFUSER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Thyme, 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) and 5 drops of Niaouli. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

CLOSET SPRAY: In a 12 ounce spray bottle add: 55 drops of Thyme, 45 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas) and 40 drops of Frankincense. Fill with 4 oz grain alcohol and 8 oz distilled water. Shake well before each use. Mist as needed to relieve musty smells and discourage pests.

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