Variations in therapeutic properties
One of the best examples of chemotypes is Thyme Thymus vulgaris. It’s important to know what chemotype you’re working with. Let’s look at Thyme. Here are a few of the variations of Thyme:
Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool, Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol, Thymus vulgaris ct. carvacrol, Thymus vulgaris ct. geraniol, and Thyme vulgaris ct. thuyanol.
There are a total of 6 known variations of Thyme, each chemotype has a specific constituent that allows the oil to have varying effects on the body. Thyme ct. thymol and ct. carvacrol are very good antiseptics. On the other hand, Thyme ct. linalool and ct. thuyanol are much gentler and used to boost immune function. To address a specific concern, you must know which chemotype you are working with and what its constituents are able to do therapeutically.
Buy your essential oils from a company that properly labels their oils with Latin names and chemotypes (if applicable), does thorough testing, and can provide a GC/MS report to ensure you know exactly what constituents are present and what therapeutic properties you will be getting in your final product. It pays to know your Latin names & chemotypes! Knowing which therapeutic properties you’re getting allows you to customize your oil choices to the issue you would like to address. Taking the time to learn the Latin names and chemotype (if applicable) can help you avoid confusion when choosing oils.