Thyme oil (Thymus vulgaris) is obtained from the Thymus vulgaris plant by steam distillation.

Thyme is a small evergreen herb that grows low to the ground, up to a height of around 15 inches. It bears white to purple flowers.

Whole plants and flowering tops are harvested as flowering commences. They are distilled for oil or dried for elixirs, liquid extracts and infusions (some infusions use fresh herb).

Red thyme oil is produced by the first distillation of the dried leaves and flowers.

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