Thyme may have been used as long ago as 3500 B.C. by the Samarians. The Romans believed that thyme imbued bravery and soldiers would be sent bath waters with thyme before marching to battle. Hildegarde of Bingen suggested using thyme for body lice, plague, leprosy and paralysis.
The species Thymus vulgaris produces eight different chemotypes. When thyme is grown at sea level, it is high in the phenol thymol, and is designated as Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol, or simply “thyme thymol.”
When thyme is gown in the mountains, it is high in the gentle alcohol linalol. The plant is referred to as Thymus vulgaris ct. linalol or simply “ thyme linalol,” or sometimes, “sweet thyme.” Thyme linalol, due to the alcohol linalol, is also much more gentle to the skin than the other chemotypes. And unlike the other thyme chemotypes, it can be used on children and the elderly.
Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris ct. linalol
Odor Intensity: Medium
Boils, cuts, sores
Colds and flu
Fatigue, mental and physical
Whooping cough, convulsive cough
Aroma: fresh, herbaceous, penetrating, green
Parts Used: Leaves and stem
Properties: antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antivenomous, antiputrefactive, cicatrizing, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, parasidicide, sudorific, vermifuge.
Contraindications: Do not use during pregnancy or on those with epileptic conditions, hyperthyroidism or high blood pressure.