Oil of thyme is derived from thyme, also known as Thymus vulgaris. The perennial herb, a member of the mint family, is used in aromatherapy, cooking, potpourri, mouthwashes and elixirs, as well as in ointments.Thyme oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and flower tops. It is fatty and thick, and the smell is pleasant, reminiscent of the fresh plant, but obviously more persistently. The colour can be red or white. The principal constituents: 25 - 40 percent thymol and carvacrol, with borneol, cineol, linalool, menthane, p-cymene, pinene and triterpenic acid.
Cleansing and purifying effect for the skin
Broad-spectrum activity in promoting winter-time health
Use in flavouring.
Possible Side Effects & Interactions of Thyme Oil
Thyme oil is safe for adults and children when consumed in normal food amounts and when taken as medication for short periods of time. A possible side effect is disrupting the digestive system; if you notice this, stop using thyme right away. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, thyme oil is safe, but stick to food amounts because there is not a lot of research on the side effects at this time.