Plant Part: Leaves
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Product Description: Thyme is an evergreen shrub that grows up to 45 cm. It has a multi-branched stem, small greenish-gray leaves and purple or white flowers. Commonly used in herbal medicines by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans and in embalming by the Egyptians.
Cautions: Red Thyme contains a high amount of toxic phenols (carvacrol and thymol) that can irritate mucus membranes, and must be diluted well before use. Avoid use if under the care of a medical practitioner. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
NOTE: This oil may form crystals during transit or storage. Gentle warming in a hot water bath and stirring may be required.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.