Benchmark Thyme is a unique blend of ethically grown (chemical and pesticide free) Thyme cultivars, carefully chosen to provide the most effective composition of anti-bacterial aroma-chemicals, whilst being gentle on the skin. There are around 350 species of Thyme (many with sub-species) and four make up Benchmark Thyme.
Thyme grows prolifically across Europe and other parts of the world and the distilled oil (the essential oil) is used in a variety of commercial products.
Thyme oil has many properties in common with Tea Tree and yet has not enjoyed the same popularity, mainly because Common Thyme (thymus vulgaris) contains high levels (60-70%) of thymol & carvacrol - powerful phenols that can be harsh on the skin. Benchmark Thyme is gentle on the skin yet retains Thyme's antiseptic properties.
Throughout history Thyme has played a major role in the health, beauty and well-being of people around the world, and the herb has always been known to be a reliable antiseptic.
Chemistry of Benchmark Thyme
A comparison of the major chemical components of three essential oils:
The uniqueness of Benchmark Thyme is that it is a combination of aroma-chemicals (see above chart) that is unique in its overall composition. Some aroma-chemicals like terpinen-4-ol can be found in Tea Tree oil and some, like linalool, can be found in Thyme Linalool, but only in Benchmark Thyme do all of these aroma-chemicals (and more) come together in a synergistic combination; all from our four thyme cultivars.
Thymus zygis (Loefl L.) + other cultivars/chemotypes
To read the abstract from a recently published research paper on the action of Benchmark Thyme v Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, click here.