Essential oil of thyme herb has usually been obtained by steam distillation. Hailed by aromatherapists and herbalists as a potent natural antiseptic, Thyme Oil exudes an intensely fresh, spicy, herbaceous scent that can be reminiscent of the fresh herb. Thyme is one of the few botanicals that display characteristically high levels of the compound Thymol in its volatile oils.
Thyme essential oil is appreciated for food flavoring, in cosmetic, perfumery and in the pharmaceutical industries. Among other properties, antimicrobial activity, antitussive, antispasmodic actions and antioxidative effects have been recognized as pharmacological actions.