Thyme oil is on par with Oregano oil as a “go-to” oil for fighting infections, particularly of the respiratory type. Phenol-rich, with Thymol as its most abundant and outstanding component, Thyme CO2 is beneficial for numerous physical ailments including coughs, colds, flu, sinus problems, pleurisy, flatulence, digestion, halitosis, cramps, edema (swelling), improving circulation and as an immune stimulant.
This reddish brown Select extract contains between 60 and 90% Thyme essential oil, primarily Thymol and Para-cymol, with Carvacrol, Borneol, Linalool, and Caryophyllene among others.
It is antibacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic/astringent, antioxidant, anti-catarrhal, anti-infectious, anti-spasmodic, antitussive and anti-inflammatory. Additionally, it is powerful against many strains of strep and staph and is highly anti-fungal (Candida) and expectorant.
If you are not a fan of the aroma of distilled Thyme thymol, which can be a bit over-powering, Thyme Co2’s fragrance (unlike the steam distilled oil), is more woody and herbaceous than medicinal. The oil is warming and stimulating mentally.
Regarding the CO2, Author and educator Madeleine Kerkhof says, “I feel this extract is more intense, but milder to the skin and mucosa.”
Kerkhof recommends a 1-1.5% dilution for topical use in adults. (Reduce for geriatric use.) Avoid during pregnancy and do not use with children. Note that Thyme can be a mucous membrane irritant. It should not ever be used undiluted on the skin.
Tisserand and Kerkhof both advise caution for individuals on any type of blood thinner.