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