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Thyme, White Essential Oil
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White Thyme has an aroma that is herbaceous and medicinal.

Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris L.

Common Name: Thyme, White

Plant Part: Herb

Form: Essential Oil

Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Synonyms: Thymus aestivus, Thymus valentianus, Thymus webbianus, Thymus 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. This is redistilled to give the white thyme oil. The oil is a colorless mobile liquid. Yield 0.5 to 1.5%.

Aroma Profile: The top note is spicy, herbaceous, sweet, and medicinal. The body note is intensely herbaceous, medicinal, spicy, sweet 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

Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20

Aroma Benefits: cleansing, purifying

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

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

Directories: Essential Oils

Description: White Thyme has an aroma that is herbaceous and medicinal.

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