Within the Thyme thymus vulgaris botanical species there are a variety of chemotypes that significantly change the constituent make-up of the oil. Absolute Aromas offers Sweet Thyme (Linalol), a variety which is sweeter, less toxic and less irritant than the thymol and carvacrol types, with only a maximum 3% concentration of these chemotypes. (Thymol and carvacrol types contain high levels of toxic phenols - up to 60%).
Sweet Thyme is popular for its antibacterial, antimicrobial and parasiticide properties and is mainly used for respiratory and digestive complaints, and the prevention and treatment of infection. In the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia it is indicated for dyspepsia, chronic gastritis, bronchitis, asthma, diarrhoea, laryngitis, tonsillitis, and enuresis (bed-wetting) in children.
Aromatherapy/Home Use example (using Aroma Absolute's Sweet Thyme):
To overcome post-viral fatigue, add 2 drops Sweet Thyme, 2 drops Tea Tree, and 4 drops Lemon/Lavender to 20ml carrier oil, and massage into body. If using Lemon, avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 12 hours.
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy. Contraindicated in cases of high blood pressure. Sweet Thyme (Linalol) is generally less toxic, less irritant, and less sensitisation. Use in moderation and in low doses.