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Thyme (Benchmark) Essential Oil


About the Oil:

This “Benchmark” Thyme is distilled from 4 strains of Thymus zygis. “Benchmark” Thyme is likely the most potent antimicrobial Thyme oil, while retaining much of the gentleness of the linalol chemotype. It has the greatest “efficacy-to-safety” ratio of any oil for antimicrobial use we’ve ever encountered. Very highly recommended for antibacterial applications and formulas.

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About The Oil

This essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops of Certified Organically grown Thyme herb. “Benchmark” thyme actually refers to the company which ‘designed’ this oil – ‘Benchmark Oils’ of the UK. The essential oil is actually a blend of four 100% pure essential oils from different strains of Thymus zygis, each strain having a slightly different natural chemical profiles. It was developed by Maggie Tisserand, a pioneer of aroma-medicine, to specifically treat infections of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The result is somewhat a cross between two essential oils thought to have potent anti-bacterial properties: Thyme and Tea Tree.

‘Engineered’ Antibacterial Activity One of the ‘active’ components of Tea Tree essential oil is called “terpenine-4-ol”. It has been studied for its antibacterial properties, and is somewhat effective on its own. Yet as is the case with many natural therapeutics, this component works in conjunctoin with others in the essential oil. By creating a Thyme essential oil, containing thymol, carvacrol, and other constituents, also having terpenine-4-ol, Benchmark Oils has developed what appears to be the only single compound capable of destroying the MRSA bacteria, while still being gentle enough to not harm healthy tissue. While oregano essential oil is considered the most potent of the essential oils evaluated for their antibacterial activity, we believe ‘Benchmark Thyme’ to be a better choice. Oregano oil is so ‘hot’, that it really should not be used on the skin, except in the most dilute formulas. ‘Benchmark’ Thyme, however, will not burn the skin at 100% concentration, and is safe for use at a 5% dilution in the carrier oil of your choice.‚ Research has shown it to be highly effective.

Drops per ml
Blending Tips 56
Chemical Families
Phenol N/A
Monoterpenol N/A
Monoterpene N/A
Primary Constituents
thymol 47.84%
p-cymol 19.64%
gamma terpinene 8.73%
carvacrol 7.56%
linalool 5.03%


Therapeutic Properties


protects cells against oxidative damage


neutralizes microbes
neutralizes fungi
neutralizes parasites
helps heal burns and wounds
encourages cell regeneration
reduces scarring
minimizes stretch marks
firms and contracts exposed tissue
prevents moisture loss
tones and restores venous circulation
promotes the healing of tissues


stimulates the immune system
strengthens the immune system
neutralizes microbes
encourages sweating
assists the body's natural eliminatory response
relieves muscular tension and aching joints
lessens headaches due to congestion
fortifies and stimulates the lungs
neutralizes microbes
quells coughs
aids in the expulsion of mucous
stimulates the bronchi


assists in the removal of uric acid from the body
soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
diminishes swelling
relaxes cramping


neutralizes intestinal worms
neutralizes microbes
neutralizes parasites
prevents infection
relaxes cramping
increases appetite
settles digestion
increases absorption in the intestines
promotes normal peristalsis
assists the body's natural eliminatory response
quells nausea
eases bloating


stimulates the circulatory system
prevents infection
increases circulation
decreases listlessness
increases local blood circulation


prevents infection
promotes urination
helps maintain kidney action


increases sexual desire
enhances sexual performance
promotes and regulates menstruation
relaxes cramping


stimulates the intellect
strengthens the nervous system
helps alleviate stress and nervous tension


Thyme increases Qi, stimulates and warms the lungs and dispels wind cold.
It also tonifies the yang Qi of the heart, strengthening the heartbeat and improving circulation.


Thyme is energizing and helps to dispel despondency. The oil will restore morale at the deepest level and imbues spiritual fortitude and bodily vigor.
Thyme oil is particularly effective for people who are fatigued, depressed or lethargic. It is very useful during convalescence. It helps to revive and strengthen the body and mind and is reputed to stimulate the brain and improve memory, focus and concentration. It also stimulates circulation and may be used to raise low blood pressure. Additionally, Thyme oil may support the alleviation of chronic fatigue.



For support of wound-care
May aid in healing wounds without scars


May help calm spasmodic coughing
An aqueous solution of 5% Thyme oil may help kill typus bactillus, colon bactillus, staphylococcus and streptococcusin


May be used in a nebulizing diffuser or a steam inhaler in small quantities (1-10 drops). When combined with fenugreek, Thyme works to relieve the pain of migraine headaches.

Aromatherapy Details

This Thyme essential oil has a bright lemon and eucalyptus-like top note followed by a musty, mossy, herbaceous middle note and slightly balsamic, woody undertones.

Thyme essential oil blends well with: Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Cedarwood, Oregano and Rosemary Oil.


Generally non-toxic, Thyme oil is irritating to the skin. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

Avoid if pregnant. Avoid if you have high blood pressure.

Thyme oil should always be diluted for any application: 1% or less in carrier oil or water.

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