Thyme is native to the Mediterranean basin and Balkan countries. The name Thymus seems derive from the ancient Egyptian tham or thm, which in Egypt designated a species of thyme used to wash corpses and for fumigation. This became the Greek thymus, which means courage, and Latin thymus. Thyme is referred to as a medication from Galen and Pliny. It is assumed that Benedictine monks brought thyme across the Alps around 1100 AD. It is widely used in food preparations for its organoleptic qualities and for its digestive effect. Thyme owns several pharmacological properties: it is used for asthma, cold, headache. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the flowering parts.

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Thanks to the presence of p- Cymene and thymol, this essential oil is a strong antibacterial and antimycotic. In particular, it can be used for the cosmeceutical treatment of acne for its remarkable activity towards P. acnes, and also for genital infections (candidiasis). The essential oil and particularly flavonoids contained in it, protect from radical-induced damages. Moreover, thanks to its purifying, tonic and protecting properties, this essential oil can be incorporate into hygiene and skin care products such as shower gels, shampoo, deodorant, body lotions, oral care products. In a vitro study, thymol has demonstrated that is able to inhibit the enzyme hyaluronidase, responsible of hyaluronic acid fragmentation. As a result, the oil is suitable for antiaging products.

CHEMOTYPE - ACTIVE COMPOUNDS: p- Cymene min. 5-10%, Thymol 35-45%


  • Cosmeceutical treatment of acne
  • Intimate wash and genital
  • infections
  • Anti-aging products
  • Medical devices
  • Antibacterial
  • Oral care products
  • Toiletries
Recommended dose: 0,1 ñ 0,9%
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4) Antonia Nostro et al., Effects of oregano, carvacrol and thymol on Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilms. Journal of Medical Microbiology (2007), 56, 519ñ523
5) Alejandro Carrasco et al., Comparative study of GC-MS characterization, antioxidant activity and hyaluronidase inhibition of different species of Lavandula and Thymus essential oils. Flavour Fragr. J. 2016, 31, 57ñ69
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