Essential Oil Profile: Thyme


Latin Name: Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol

Family: Lamiaceae

Plant Part: Leaves, Flower/Bud

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle Element: Fire, Metal

Functional Groups: Terpene, phenol

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Kapha (use with care irritating), use Thyme Linalol for Vata

Scent: Herbaceous, penetrating, fresh

For Skin Type: Oily, acne

Cautions: Not during pregnancy. Not with high blood pressure. Skin irratant, Not with epilepsy.

Physical Uses: Colds, cough, flu, innune system, digestion, infection, warming, chills, sore throat, diarrhea (diffusion is the safest method of use).

Mental/Emotional Uses: Mental Clarity, courage, strengthening, exhaustion, emotional coldness

Other Uses: 

Blends Well With: Spices, citrus, roots, flowers


Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 1999-2010.

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, p 15, 32, 47.