Lemon Thyme Essential Oil

Species: Thymus citriodorus
Plant Family: 

Lamiaceae

Origins: 

For many years it was thought that the plant was a hybrid or a cross strain but recent research has confirmed it to be a distinct species as was first claimed in 1811. 

Extraction: 

The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops of the herb.

Properties: 

Antibacterial, antiseptic, relaxing, decongestant. 

Usage & methods of application: 

Lemon Thyme essential oil is slightly gentler than Thyme oil and so can be used as a substitute in skincare blends when straight Thyme is too potent. Lemon Thyme contains fewer irritants and so is less likely to cause sensitisation. Care should still be taken though.

A stimulating oil which is particularly suited to massage blends aimed at easing muscles and joints before and after exercise. It has antiseptic properties which make it useful in blends aimed at treating acne and it can help to relieve the itchiness and irritation caused by insect stings and bites. 

It makes a good chest rub (dilute in a carrier oil first) during colds etc. It's nice and clearing and the lemon aroma is more palatable than straight Thyme. 

It can be burned or vaporised for the same reason and is also an uplifting and relaxing oil which may aid concentration and memory. 

 

Blends well with: 

You may find that Lemon Thyme blends especially well with Cedarwood Atlas, Ravensara, Lavender, Bergamot, Juniper berry, Niaouli and Rosewood.