Thymus vulgaris L.
Aromatic Note: Top note
There are over 350 species of Thyme; small evergreen, aromatic, woody shrubs.
Thyme makes great garden plants with fragrant foliage and colorful flowers.
You can grow Thyme in your garden or as a potted plant in a kitchen window.
Synonyms: common thyme
Origin: Mediterranean, Central Europe, Russia, China
Parts Used: dried leaves and flowering tops
Aroma Description: deep, herbaceous, warming, slightly green with rich, spicy undertones and a slightly medicinal note
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy; the essential oil is an important ingredient of toothpastes, mouthwashes, soaps, and topical anti-rheumatic preparations
Culinary Uses: used to flavor soups, fish, meat, marinades, vinegar, stuffing’s, baked or sautéed vegetables; thyme is an essential ingredient in many classic French dishes.
Medicinal Attributes: warming, astringent herb; expectorant, improves digestion, relaxes spasms, and controls coughing. Strongly antiseptic and anti-fungal; used for skin and scalp complaints, gum disease, aches and pains, fungal infections, emotional exhaustion, depression, etc.
*Warning: Avoid if Pregnant.
Essential Oil: Yes, steam and hydro distilled essential oils are available. Absolutes made using hydrocarbon solvent distillation are also available.
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