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Botanical Name: Thymus zygis


Boosts Immunity
Benefits Circulation
Helps Respiratory System


Aroma: Fresh, Spicy-Herbaceous, Medicinal.
A native herb to Mediterranean Europe, Thyme is steam or water distilled from the flowering tops and leaves. It is distilled a second time to produce White Thyme, a less toxic type.
Thyme - Aroma
History: Thyme has been used for thousands of years, recorded as long ago as 1550BC in an Ancient Egyptian medical document, as well as being a part of the embalming and mummification process. Sumerians used it as an antiseptic, while Greeks would use it in cleansing ceremonies. Roman soldiers were reported to have bathed in a Thyme-infused bath prior to battle for protection and instil courage and strength. In the Middle Ages, herbalists used Thyme to ward off evil spirits and bad dreams, tucking them under pillows for better sleep. Its restorative properties are still recognised today.
Thyme - History
- Boosts Immunity
- Benefits Circulation
- Helps Respiratory System
How Does Thyme Help the Immune System?
Thyme’s primary action is to combat infections. Studies have proved its strong activity against all strains of bacteria, even antibiotic-resistant ones. Two components, camphene and caryophyllene, are attributed to Thyme’s strong cleansing properties. It strengthens the immune response by stimulating the production of white blood cells.
Thyme - Immunity
Can Thyme Help Circulation?
Having a toning and stimulating effect on the circulatory system, Thyme is beneficial in treating anaemia, low blood pressure and debility. Thyme’s warming and stimulating properties help to ease and soothe muscular stiffness, joint pain, arthritis and rheumatism. It can also relax the arteries and veins, therefore helping to reduce blood pressure and stress on the heart.
Thyme - Circulation
Does Thyme Benefit the Respiratory System?
Thyme is effective in treating respiratory infections in the chest and the throat, helping to combat conditions such as colds, flu and bronchitis, reducing their duration. Its expectorant properties eases congestion and bacteria that builds up. The thymol compound is thought to have antispasmodic properties, helping to reduce coughs and treat asthma.
Thyme - Respiratory
Note: Avoid during pregnancy – check with your GP for further advice.
Aromatherapy – Add to a diffuser to cleanse the home or steam inhalation to clear the airways.
Cleaning – Follow a trusted recipe to make the most of its powerful antimicrobial properties.
Hair Care – Add to a carrier oil and apply as a hair mask to help combat hair loss.
Skincare – Add to a base lotion or oil to cleanse or treat clogged pores.
Candles and Soaps – Suitable as a top or middle note in blends.
Thyme - Applications

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