RDV seasonality: French organic lemon thyme - Thymus citriodorus L

Published On:
July 08, 2021

As with the common thyme variety (Thymus vulgaris), lemon thyme (Thymus citriodorus) is an aromatic plant but its distinguishing feature is its lemony fragrance, widely appreciated by infusions consumers. In addition to its indisputable organoleptic qualities, this species has many health virtues which we let you discover in this article.



The health benefits of thyme and the species citriodorus


Used since ancient times to embalm the dead or purify air, it’s in the Middle Ages that its medicinal virtues start to become known. Starting from the 16th century, many thyme species have been noted in medical textbooks for curing a variety of medical conditions, but we’ll have to wait until the 19th century for the active compounds to be documented.

Traditionally used in infusions, in syrups, in inhalations or diffusions, thyme helps fighting coughs, colds, pulmonary infections or digestive disorders, and is overall seen as antiseptic, antiviral and antimicrobial (1).

The thymol it contains also shows an inflammatory response and researchers agree that it has substantial antioxidant capacity (1) (2) (3) (4) (5), a higher capacity than many fruits and vegetables. It is among the aromatic plants containing the largest antioxidant quanties (flavonoids, rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid…).

Moreover, dehydrated thyme is an excellent source of trace elements such as iron (6), essential for transporting oxygen in the blood or manganese (6), a co-factor of several enzymes...

So many constituents making it a perfect asset for your health focused formulations!

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Proposing this raw material was obvious, but we had to find a producer who agreed with our policy, offering quality products backed by real values…



Our French organic certified supply chain


It’s in the heart of Poitou in a small village bearing witness to the past that our thyme supply chain was set up in a family farm in which everyone is profoundly invested in natural and ecological farming, devoted to biodiversity and the well-being of plants and humans.


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Vast prairies, rich soil, a mild and damp climate: all these elements are reunited for plants to grow in the best conditions while preserving their totum and developing exceptional organoleptic qualities. Grown in the respect of nature, patience and passion, our thyme is harvested from June to August.


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Organic Lemon Thyme Aerial Part Tea Bag Cut 0.3-2.0mm (French)



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(1) https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Thymus+x+citriodorus
(2) Polyphenol composition and biological activity of Thymus citriodorus and Thymus vulgaris: Comparison with endemic Iberian Thymus species - ScienceDirect
(3) (PDF) Thymus Plants: A Review—Micropropagation, Molecular and Antifungal Activity (researchgate.net)
(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7571078/

(5) http://www.fsdmfes.ac.ma/uploads/Docs/Files/2020-11-23-08-46-44_49aa761aaf83b35896c5b34353633e5c4b452b16.pdf

(6) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264699152_Mineral_contents_and_essential_oil_composition_of_lemon_thyme_Thymus_citriodorus_l_and_lemon_verbena_Lippia_citriodora_L

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