Wild Thyme is a member of the mint family and is recognised by its strongly scented ﬂowers. It does not grow tall and prefers to
creep with long stems that reach out as is characteristic of subshrubs. Its scented ﬂowers come in shades of purple, pink and
white and grow in clusters. Thyme is native to Europe and Africa.
As well as its uses in cooking thyme has been used by various countries and cultures for embalming, burning as incense and for
bathing. Legends also claim drinking thyme tea on a midsummer's night would enable one to see fairies dancing.
Various research on thyme has shown that essential oils extracted from thyme show high levels of antibacterial and antifungal
activities. In addition thyme extracts are very compatible with skin cells. Our own results have shown thyme to have good
antioxidant and anti-inﬂammatory eﬀects
- Increase in scavenging activity correlates with increase in extract concentration
- Almost maximum scavenging activity is reached at 25% extract concentration
- Antioxidant properties confirmed