Latin Name:  Thymus vulgaris

Part of Plant:  Herb

Country of Origin: Spain

Method of Production:  Steam Distillation


Thymus vulgaris, also known as Garden Thyme or most commonly just Thyme, is a member of the Lamiaceae (formally Labiatae) botanical family.  It is a popular culinary herb native to Europe and the Mediterranean that is now cultivated worldwide.  The essential oil is available in several known chemotypes, all with different scent and safety profiles.  


Thyme ct. thymol essential oil, also known as Red Thyme, has a strong herbaceous aroma that blends well with other herb and spice oils.  Due to its strong aroma, it is best used as part of a blend.  Try diffusing with oils like Lemon, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, and Black Spruce for a clean, invigorating aroma to freshen the air.   It is also popular in small amounts in diffuser blends with oils like Orange, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Cinnamon during the fall and winter seasons.


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Dermal Max: 1.3% 

Possible drug interaction; may inhibit blood clotting.   It is also known for skin sensitization and mucous membrane irritation.  Use caution in certain instances with anyone who has peptic ulcers, any bleeding disorders, is taking blood thinners or diabetic medication, or near surgery.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone

Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


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