Latin name: Thymus vulgaris
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Thyme is a perennial evergreen subshrub up to 45cm high with a woody root and much-branched upright stem. It has small grey-green oval aromatic leaves and pale purple flowers. Native to Spain and the Mediterranean region but now found throughout Asia, USA, China and Central Europe.
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils.
Strongly antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, immuno-stimulant; gargle for sore throat, mouth ulcers; digestive aid and intestinal cleanser; steam or wash for infections; promotes healing; douche for discharge or infection.
Skin Treatments Use hydrolats as cleansers, toners, to make masks and for facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
Room Refreshers Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment. Particularly useful in the office to help prevent the spread of disease.
Mouthwash and Gargle Dilute 1:10 for children and 1:4 for adults for gargles and mouthwashes to help strengthen gums, freshen breath, relieve sore throats, ulcers, thrush and toothache.
Health Drink To help promote a healthy, balanced body, dilute 200mls of hydrolat into 1 litre of water and drink throughout the day.
Baths Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath. Hydrolats can also be used in sitz baths.
Compress Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to the area being treated. For a hot compress use a cold cloth and for hot, use a hot cloth. Wrap up the area with plastic film and leave for 30 minutes.