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  1. #1
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    Default Wintersunchem thymol... is it synthetic?

    Is the thymol sold by Wintersun Chemical synthetic?

    And is it possible to tell the difference between natural and synthetic?

    And how about U.S.P. Thymol, can't that also be synthetic?
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: Wintersunchem thymol... is it synthetic?

    Good question. I sent Wintersun an email and below is their response.


    Mike

    They are natural Thyme plant extract.

    Thanks

    Best Regards

    Michael Shen
    Director
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    WINTERSUN CHEMICAL
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    From: Mike Gillmore [mailto:hma@sssnet.com]
    Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2010 3:52 PM
    To: purchasing@wintersunchem.com
    Subject: Thymol Crystals




    Hello,

    I’m interested in purchasing Thymol for Varroa Mite treatment in my beekeeping operation. I have a question about your Thymol crystals. Are they “synthetic” or a natural “thyme plant extract”?

    Thank you,

    Mike Gillmore
    To everything there is a season....

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    Default Re: Wintersunchem thymol... is it synthetic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gillmore View Post
    Good question. I sent Wintersun an email and below is their response.


    Mike

    They are natural Thyme plant extract.

    Thanks

    Best Regards

    Michael Shen
    Director
    ************************************************** *********
    snip

    Last week I asked Michael Shen if the Wintersun product looked like "tiny beads" and he said it does. Lebermuth's thymol looks like very small beads if it means anything... With a price that is very close to Lebermuth's I would wonder if the Wintersun product was 100% natural.

    A sales person at Lebermuth confirmed that their product did not contain any natural thymol... it is 100% synthetic (flavor grade). I was also told that "natural thymol" is 3 or 4 times the price of synthetic. If that's true I would ask Wintersun to provide evidence showing that their product was 100% natural.

    I believe that the natural product would be much more expensive, but is it possible that Wintersun's product sells for about the same price as Lebermuth's?

    I have only used thymol in late summer/fall syrup to prevent fermentation. My bees are about 40 minutes away so I top-off the feeders when I make a trip over to inspect them.

    For the minimal amount that I would ever use, I think I would just buy the U.S.P. thymol sold by "Medichest". http://www.medichest.com/thymolcrystalsnf100gram.html
    BeeCurious
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