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Thyme, Red Essential Oil
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The aroma of Red Thyme is intense, herbal, spicy and medicinal.

Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris L.

Common Name: Thyme, Red

Plant Part: Herb

Form: Essential Oil

Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Synonyms: T. aestivus, T. valentianus, T. webbianus, T. ilerdensis, garden thyme, French thyme.

Origin: Native to southern and southeastern Europe. Grows wild or cultivated in Spain, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Greece, Central European countries, Turkey, Israel, Morocco and North America. Distillation is undertaken mainly in Spain, France and Israel.

Botanical Description: A perennial, herbaceous shrub up to 45-cm (2 ft.) high with a woody root and much branched upright thin stem. It has small grayish-green, oval, aromatic leaves and pale purple or white flowers.

Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam and water distillation of the partially dried above ground plant parts. The oil is brownish-red, orange-red, grayish-brown mobile liquid. Yield 0.5 to 1.5%.

Aroma Profile: Red Thyme's top note is spicy, herbaceous and medicinal. The middle note is intensely herbaceous, medicinal, spicy and warm. The dry out note is a dry, bittersweet, herbaceous aroma.

Major Constituents: Thymol (30 to 75%), carvacrol, p-cymene, ã-terpinene

Common Adulterants: Oregano oil and other oils

Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20

Aroma Benefits: cleansing, purifying

Blends Well With: Cedarwood, lavender, lavandin, rosemary, marjoram, clary sage, peru balsam, melissa, pine, bergamot

Safety Data: Skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy and with high blood pressure.

Directories: Essential Oils

Description: The aroma of Red Thyme is intense, herbal, spicy and medicinal.

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