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CO2 Total Extract
Thymus serpyllum

  • Botanical name: Thymus serpyllum

  • Common name: Breckland thyme

  • Geographical position:1000m above sea level

  • Part of the plant used: Aerial part (wild)

  • Appearance: Dark Brown solid.

  • Major compounds: Citronellal, citronellol, E-citral.

  • Odor: Natural and fresh fragrance


Chemical Industry
Natural Cosmetics

The aerial part of T. serpyllum has a long tradition of being used in many countries of Europe and worldwide as an anthelmintic, a strong antiseptic, an antispasmodic, a carminative, deodorant, diaphoretic, disinfectant, expectorant, sedative and tonic.

It is most frequently used for treating illnesses and problems related to the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems. In the Western Balkans, this species has an important use as a sedative, or to improve blood circulation, and then as anticholesterolemic and immunostimulant.

T. serpyllum is also used externally as an antiseptic, to treat wounds, to combat eczema, or to reduce swelling. Wild thyme is used as an important herb in cookery, mainly for flavouring meat or fish. [1, 2]

 A study showed that the supercritical CO2 extract protected ground pork patties against color degradation and reduced significantly the lipid and protein oxidation. [3]


[1] Snežana Jarić, Miroslava Mitrović, and Pavle Pavlović: Review of Ethnobotanical, Phytochemical, and Pharmacological Study of Thymus serpyllum L. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015: 101978. Published online 2015 Jul 22. doi: 10.1155/2015/101978 PMCID: PMC4525464PMID: 26265920

[2] Leal, F. et al., 2017, 'Thymus Plants: A Review—Micropropagation, Molecular and Antifungal Activity', in H. A. El-Shemy (ed.), Active Ingredients from Aromatic and Medicinal Plants, IntechOpen, London. 10.5772/66623.

[3] Branislav Šojić, Vladimir Tomović, Sunčica Kocić-Tanackov, Danijela Bursać Kovačević, Predrag Putnik, Živan Mrkonjić, Saša Đurović, Marija Jokanović, Maja Ivić, Snežana Škaljac, Branimir Pavlić, Supercritical extracts of wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum L.) by-product as natural antioxidants in ground pork patties, LWT, Volume 130, 2020, 109661, ISSN 0023-6438.

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