(Thymus vulgaris c.t. Linalool and Thymus zygis cultivars)
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From Ananda Aromatherapy, two offerings of Thyme essential oil: An excellent linalool chemotype from France, considered the safest of the common thyme varieties, and the choice when using the oil with children. The "Benchmark" Thyme is distilled from 4 strains of Thymus zygis. The "Benchmark" Thyme is likely the most potent antimicrobial Thyme oil, while retaining much of the gentleness of the linalool chemotype. It most certainly has the greatest "efficacy-to-safety" ratio of any oil primarily for antimicrobial use we've ever encountered. It was developed by Maggie Tisserand, a pioneer of aroma-medicine, to specifically treat infections of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Research has shown it to be highly effective. Very highly recommended for antibacterial applications and formulas.*
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essential oil is extracted, by steam distillation, from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering
tops of the plant. This is the Linalool chemotype, the most gentle variety of Thyme oils. The
oil is mainly located in small glands on the leaves and contains thymol, paracymene & linalool.
The main component of Thyme oil is Thymol, a powerful antiseptic which considered
to be quite toxic if used improperly. It is common knowledge among aromatherapists that the essential
oil of Thyme is one of the most potently antiseptic essential oils known. Thymol has been extensively
documented for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal action. According to Jean Valnet, M.D., Thyme
oil kills the anthrax bacillus, the typhoid bacillus, meningococcus, and the agent responsible for tuberculosis
and is active against salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria. In addition, this component has
been studied for its effects on gingivitis and plaque-caused organisms in the mouth (it is used in Listerine
for its antiseptic actions).
Benchmark Thyme essential oil distilled from four strains of Thymus zygis (all ethically grown and harvested). The oil has been scientifically created to be highly antimicrobial while retaining the linalool chemotype's gentleness. We find it a little bit "hotter" than our c.t. linalool, but not so much as "red" and other thyme varieties. While being high in linalool, chemically (under GC analysis) is appears as a blend of thyme and tea tree essential oils. The oil has been created through research by Benchmark Oils of England to be one of the only single oils effective against MRSA staph infections, and a potent all-purpose antimicrobial. Containing Terpenine-4-ol (10%), considered the most active fraction of tea tree, it should be also strongly antiviral. The oil also contains a significant amout of Thymol, at 28.4%. This represents an incredible step in aromatherapy finding its way into modern medicine. See the research abstract evaluating the antimicrobial action.
The Benchmark Thyme (it's name referring to it becoming an antimicrobial standard against which other oils will be evaluated) can be diffused or applied topically. It can replace tea tree as a topical antiseptic, and should be gentle enough for most individuals to use it "neat". If being used with children, dilute 50/50 with lavender before dabbing on any cuts or scrapes.
Thyme oil may strengthen the nerves and stimulate the brain in order to help memory and concentration.
It may help to release mental blocks at the same time. The thymol content of Thyme essential oil works as an
expectorant and cough suppressant and is frequently used in cough syrups prescribed for lung ailments like
oil has a warming ability which helps to eliminate mucous and phlegm. When combined with fenugreek,
Thyme essential oil works to relieve the pain of migraine headaches.
The carminative properties of Thyme make it an effective treatment for stomach upsets. It may also increase
the propensity of white blood cells, perhaps increasing the power of the immune system. Also, by possibly helping
to eliminate excess uric acid from the body, conditions like gout, sciatica, arthritis, and rheumatism can be
more easily combated. Thyme essential oil may valuable as a local application to neuralgic & rheumatic aches
and pains. Thyme oil can be a stimulant for the digestive system, helping to eliminate worms, reduce gastric
infections, and ease dyspepsia. Thyme is also good for headaches caused from gastric complaints. Thyme Oil may
be good for the scalp, helping to treat dandruff and hair loss. Dermatitis, wounds, boils and carbuncles may
also be diminished with this essential oil.
To learn more about the use of all our essential oils, we encourage you to visit The Ananda Apothecary Forums, where you can post questions regarding specific applications of each oil. Questions in the forums are regularly answered by Ananda Apothecary staff, and other experienced aromatherapy practitioners.
|Apply Thyme essential oil topically only after proper dilution - 1%
or less in carrier
oil - test for sensitivity, dilute more if necessary! May be diffused or
used in a steam inhaler in small quantities.
||Thyme essential oil has been traditionally used as a general tonic for the
nerves and stomach. It may also help with bacterial infections, respiratory infections, headaches and joint
|Thyme oil can be supportive for conditions of respiratory problems, digestive
complaints, infections, gastritis, bronchitis, pertussis, asthma, laryngitis, tonsillitis, .
||Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction, dilute
properly! - Thyme oil is irritating to the skin. Avoid if pregnant. Avoid if you have high
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|For measuring blends using % concentrations, or for measuring fractions of milliliters, see measuring essential oils. Thyme Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot
Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Oil, Cedarwood
Oil, Oregano Oil and Rosemary
|All oils from Ananda Aromatherapy are therapeutic grade,
meaning they are produced to the highest quality standards possible. Our essential oils are
chosen for their integrity (all chemical constituents important for aromatherapy are intact), ecological
'soundness' (most are organic or wild grown), and wonderful
aromas. You may order a sample of any oil before trying larger amounts. Most samples are about .75ml; exotic oils such as Melissa, Rose, Angelica and Jasmine are only a few drops. Ananda Aromatherapy offers wholesale essential oils direct to you. We forgo the use of separate wholesale and retail tiers in order to keep fine therapeutic grade oils accessible to everyone!
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