Thyme’s beautiful fragrance may make for a delicious spaghetti sauce, but did you know this humble herb can also claim a wealth of skin and health benefits? Let’s take a look beyond the pasta recipes and see what thyme can do for your skin.
When it comes to skincare, the wonderful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties of thyme are especially beneficial when it comes squashing bacteria, making it a natural acne fighter.
If you’re struggling with acne, you’ve likely tried conventional acne creams packed with benzoyl peroxide, also known as BP, and experienced some pretty uncomfortable side effects. The chemical nature of BP makes it extremely strong in topical treatments and nasty side effects including extreme dryness, burning, stinging and itching skin are common. Not fun.
Worse, BP only puts a stop to fresh acne inflammation, it doesn’t actually help with existing inflammation.
The answer for a kinder, natural acne solution may have been growing under our noses the whole time. Thyme could be a welcome relief for acne sufferers wanting to encourage clearer skin without the harsh side effects of commercial options.
Scientists at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK tested thyme, alongside other herbs Marigold and myrrh on the antibacterial effect the herbs had on bacteria that causes acne. After comparing the tinctures (each herb steeped in alcohol) thyme beat out marigold and myrrh, eradicating up to 100,000 bacteria per ml. Even better, the tests showed thyme is actually more beneficial in correcting acne than BP riddled washes and creams, clinically declared that thyme is a superior natural alternative to conventional treatments.
It’s thymes active components, like caryophyllene and camphene that make the oil of this herb an effective antiseptic with an antibacterial effect on Propionibacterium, the bacterium responsible for inflamed acne breakouts.
Happily, although it’s powerfully effective when it comes to stamping out bacteria, it’s also safe and gentle on the skin. A winning option for sensitive skin types.
Thyme is the secret ingredient in our Skin Tonic, working together with a skin serving blend of rose, witch hazel and calendula delivering a powerful anti inflammatory boost to sooth skin blemishes and reduce redness. A simple way to include the benefits of thyme in your daily routine to perk up dull skin.
A favourite herb in Ayurvedic medicine, the cleansing and purifying thyme is also great for mature complexions, tightening the skin and minimising the appearance of large pores.
Hardworking thyme oil also moisturises skin and can heal and reduce the appearance of wounds and scars. It has a beautifully, spicy fragrance and is a powerful source of antioxidants, helping buffer skin against environmental stressors and free radicals.
Oh, and it also makes for a great honey, lemon and thyme cocktail…..um...yes please!
This humble herb is checking all the right boxes for a healthy complexion, maybe it’s about thyme to add it to your natural skin care arsenal?