Thyme | Latin name: Thymus vulgaris | Aromatic waters by distillation of Leaves, Flowering Tops | 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.