The herbaceous, medicinal and sweet scent of thyme absolute refreshes and clears the mind. A common kitchen herb, thyme actually has a great history of use as an antiseptic, disinfectant and air purifier.
Thyme is a small, evergreen herb from the mint family (Lamiaceae) that grows low to the ground. In addition to its small fragrant leaves, it bears tiny flowers very popular with bees.
The plant contains large amounts of thymol, and a bit of carvacrol - two aromatic compounds with potent antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties. While respecting the skin’s natural microflora (good bacteria) these essential compounds banish unwanted bacteria, yeasts and moulds. This is why thyme derivatives are widely used in cleansing products such as soaps, deodorants, foot creams, toothpaste or anti-acne treatments, among others.
Thyme oil and absolute also have a stimulating effect on blood circulation. They are therefore toning on the skin and scalp and are said to promote healthy hair growth. Dispersed in the bath, they relax sore muscles.
Lush purchase thyme absolute from a French producer. The aroma can change slightly depending on the harvest season, especially on its sweet notes which can become as deep as the scent of treacle.