Essential oils Monographs

Thyme Essential Oil Monograph

Thyme ct linalool is the mildest variety of thyme, ideal for skin application and for preparations and blends for children. It is still a very active anti-microbial and anti-fungal plant extract. Thyme ct linalool is the gentlest and safest variety among all Thymes chemotypes; it is more suitable for use with children and on the skin. Soothing and warming for the chest and clearing to the lungs, Thyme CT Linalool is one of the most important respiratory oils. It is a great analgesic and anti-itching when combined with Basil, Chamomile, and Lavender in the case of nasty insect’s bites.

Thyme has been used for centuries; by the Egyptians, the Greeks =, the Romans and during the Middle Ages it was believed to keep the plague at bay. During WWI Thyme was largely used in hospitals as a very powerful disinfectant.

Among all Thyme chemotypes Linalool is the safest of all. Other CT has different properties as follows:

  • CT Thymol is antibacterical but at very high doses can be skin irritant and toxic to the liver
  • CT Carvacrol is a strong actibacterical, antiviral and antifungal; however is quite toxic to the liver, to the skin
  • CT Thuyanol is safe and indicated for liver conditions
  • CT Geraniol is safe and is a good antibacterical
  • CT Linalool is safe and is a good antiseptic and a tonic to the nerves


Botanical NameThymus vulgaris 

Method of Extraction: Steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops

Color: Pale yellow to yellow

Aroma: Strong herbaceous, pungent

Yield: 0.7% – 1.0%

Blends well with:  Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, pine, rosemary, tea tree

Therapeutic properties:  Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide, parasiticide, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge


To stimulate the immune system and clear the respiratory system burn  2-5 drops every 5 hours especially during winter months to fight cold and flu (add 1-2 drops of Peppermint or Pine). It works best if combined with vapor.

It is also a very restorative oil and can be used when in need of emotional nourishment, fight lethargy and recover from mental fatigue. 3-5 drops in the burner.

Skin disinfectant – adults – 2-3 drops to a teaspoon (5 ml)  of carrier oil or diluted in water to fight feet infections and fungus

0 – 4 years old – use not recommended

4 – 10 years old – 1-2 drops to a teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier oil or diluted in water to fight feet infections and fungus

For insect bites dilute in water 2 drops of Thyme, with 2 drops of Lavender, 1 of Basil and 1 of Chamomile and wash the affected area; or mix it with 30 ml of aloe vera gel for immediate soothing.

Can be skin irritant so it is highly advisable to skin patch test.  Avoid during pregnancy and while breastfeeding unless under the supervision of a professional Aromatherapist.  Do not use in case of high blood pressure. Will negate Homeopathic remedies. Not suitable during pregnancy or with children younger than 6 years.