Thyme is an herb that we eat every week in pizza and salad. In addition to adding delicious flavor, thyme has been used for health and beauty for centuries. You can find three types of thyme in grocery and health food stores. Fresh and dried versions of the herb will be found in the produce section and spice aisle. Fragrant and concentrated, oilof thyme is available in local health food stores.
The Power of Thyme
This widespread herb can offer five valuable benefits:
- Suscreen– If you want to protect your skin from UV rays, but don’t like chemicals, I have an alternative. Turns out that thyme can protect the skin from the suns rays without irritating chemcials.
- Thyme oil has shown to ffer serious antibacterial activity against bacteria. And not just everyday annoying bacteria but even against deadly bugs including staph, E.Coli and pseudonomas. Thyme rich products even effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria.
- Thyme oil has shown to be gentle yet effective anti-fungal agent. In addition to treating commn fungus problems like athletes foot, thyme oil can relieve the itching and flaking of eczema.
- But wait there is more. Thyme oil is aso a powerful antioxidant. As a result, thyme enriched masks and moisturizers my reduce damage from free radicals, stree and pollution.
- Thyme can relax muscles which makes it a helpful addition to both cough syrups and muscle rubs.
- Last but not least, thyme oil is a safe and natural insect repellent. Not only does it repel mosketios and ees it kils both adult lice AND their eggs. If you have school age children you know how important this can be. Head lice is an all too common problem in schools but the lice treatments are genuinely toxic. Natural thyme oil has been shown to wipe out head lice in a 20 minute treatment. Yea!
Adding Thyme to Your Health and Beauty Toolkit
You can easily buy al forms of thyme. Like other homemade natural ingredients, I recommend using orgaic sources. Perticides and fertilizers are not that heathy in our food, but in skin care products that can cause rapid irritation and inflammation when used on the skin. To make an herbal skin tonic add one tablespoon of fresh leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let cool and strain into a small dark bottle. Add one teaspoon of glyycerin to add soothing body, shake a bit and your’re done. Apply with a clean cotton ball to soothe and pprotect our skin. Because it does not contain a preservative, keep in the refrigerator and use within a month. To upgrade your mask or moisturizer, add 2-3 drops and mix well before applying to your skin.
Staying Safe with Thyme
Effective Ingredients, even natural ones, may not be right for everyone– and thyme is no exception. Tea made from thyme can increase heart rate and cause chest and skin rash. Because they can act like androgens in the body it should be avoided if you or the women in your family have a history of breast, ovarian or uterine cancer. But s long as thyme is ued naturally in recipes and skin care products, you will get the benefits without problems.