Progress in Essential
Oils: Thymol-rich Thymus
vulgaris oils – Part 1
A derivative of thyme oil, thymol contains antibacterial,
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, among
others. Part 1 discusses the various constituents of
thymol-rich thyme oils.
It is well-known that various chemical forms or chemotypes are found in the oils of Thymus vulgaris L. However, the most
commonly encountered oil form is
that which is rich in thymol.
The composition of the oils of
one of the clonal stock lines (a
thymol-rich clone) of T. vulgaris
grown in Sainte Fey (Quebec,
Canada) was analyzed using GC/
MS only by Bhaskara Reddy et al.
(1998), and found to be as follows:
a-pinene ( 2.6%)
d-3-carene ( 7.1%)
limonene ( 1.2%)
1,8-cineole ( 1.1%)
n BY BRIAN M. LAWRENCE