The Essence of Thyme Blog

Learn about essential oil recipes, aromatherapy careers, plant sustainability, aromatherapy classes, aromatic chemistry, and more.

Simplifying Essential Oil Terminology

Jan 29, 2024

Aromatherapy can be overwhelming! Educated aromatherapists use terms such as Latin binomials, chemotypes, and isomers. They discuss safety considerations; in fact, they often debate safety considerations! How can someone new to aromatherapy determine right from wrong? The easy answer would be to take an aromatherapy program, but not everyone interested in aromatherapy has the desire to be a...

Continue Reading...

Chemical Free: The Irony

May 20, 2023

You have probably been inundated with advertisements from companies declaring their products to be chemical free. You may have even purchased products based upon these claims.

What if I were to tell you that nothing is chemical free? Our bodies are composed of approximately 60% oxygen (O), which is a chemical element. Other chemical elements that comprise the human body are carbon (CO2),...

Continue Reading...

Demystifying chemotypes: get the most out of your essential oil blends

Apr 12, 2023

If you’ve used essential oils, you most likely have come across the term chemotypes. But do you really know what they are, and why it is important information to know? Let’s dive into the topic of essential oil chemotypes.

What are chemotypes?

Chemotype (noun): Essential oils that are from the same plant species, but whose dominant constituents differ in their chemical...

Continue Reading...

Free Webinar: Conquer Essential Oil Chemistry... and Turn Your Passion Into a Profession!

Jun 01, 2022

UPDATE: The live webinar is over, but join our mailing list and get first notice of our next event! 

I have a secret to tell you. It is actually a pretty shocking secret!

When I took my aromatherapy certification program, chemistry wasn’t even part of the curriculum. Can you imagine an aromatherapy program without this foundational piece of the puzzle?

As a newly graduated...

Continue Reading...

The Benzene Ring: Our Logo, Our Values

Sep 27, 2021

It’s a question we hear a lot. 

“Why did you choose a honeycomb as your logo?”

The easy answer: “Because it represents everything we believe in.”

The deeper answer: “Let us tell you about the benzene ring.” 

The Benzene Ring

As the story has it, in 1865, the discovery of the benzene ring came to Friedrich Kekulé, a German organic...

Continue Reading...

The Sedative and Anxiolytic Activities of Cedrol and Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil

Apr 27, 2020


Cedrol is a tricyclic sesquiterpene alcohol commonly occurring in the essential oils of conifer trees, especially those belonging to the Cupressus and Juniperus genera. It occurs in essential oil of Juniperus virginiana (Virginian, red or Eastern red cedarwood) (Figure 1) at proportions of approximately 24-32% (ter Heide et al, 1988; Kitchens et...

Continue Reading...

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.