Thyme Sweet (Thymus vulgaris ct linalool)
This herb, cultivated throughout Europe, is a small, creeping plant with delicate flowers and leaves which yield essential oil under steam distillation. Unlike red thyme, sweet thyme essential
oil contains a high percentage of alcohols and is very pale in colour with a sweet aroma.
Stimulating, balancing. Sweet thyme is a good general stimulant, lifting depression, and is a powerful antiseptic with a long list of indications, among them asthma, rheumatism, insomnia, flatulence, hypotension,
colds and flu and hair loss.
It is gentle in action, making it safe to use on children.
Sweet thyme is of great importance in balancing emotions, from anger to grief and jealousy; very useful for coping with mood swings.
Research has focussed on the antimicrobial properties of thyme oils
properties of thyme oils in particular on their effectiveness against antibiotic resistant organisms like MRSA (superbugs). There has been a renaissance of research interest in essential oils not only through concern over side effects of long term use of pharmaceuticals but the development of antibiotic resistant microbial strains.
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