As we grow older, our skin can become fatigued. Inflammation, poor circulation, and reduced elasticity can all contribute to sagging, wrinkled skin that has become the hallmark of aging. But you can reverse this degeneration with a natural ingredient that’s probably more familiar than its name suggests: Thymus Vulgaris.
Also known as garden thyme, thymus vulgaris has many benefits that go far beyond the kitchen. Thyme oil has been a culinary ingredient for so long that hardly anyone thinks of it in a context beyond the kitchen. But what if we told you that this is barely scratching the surface of all the benefits thyme oil has to offer?
Thyme oil may have been every chef’s best friend for a long while, but it has numerous beauty benefits as well. Thyme essential oil is an uplifting oil that stimulates the senses, clears respiratory pathways and perks up fatigued skin.
While the ancient Greeks used it as an incense in temples, the ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The Romans went a little ahead and used thyme for flavoring their alcoholic beverages. It said that thyme was even offered as a cure for people who were shy or melancholic.
Hippocrates, also called the Father of Western Medicine, recommended thyme for respiratory ailments (way back around 370 BC). And when the black death invaded Europe in the 1340s, posies of thyme were said to have been worn for protection.
Thyme oil offers benefits of antifungal and antiseptic properties. It also provides skin conditions with a clean surface to inhibit surface bacteria. With its circulatory and medicinal properties, Thyme oil also fortifies the skin. Dry skin can feel relief from itching and tightness. Acneic conditions receive incredible healing and antiseptic toning. Aging and tired skin is perked up and refreshed with tissue repair.
Thyme oil is known to stimulate, which is beneficial in skincare for circulation and increasing blood flow to skin. This perks up fatigued skin and boosts overall skin health.
With Thyme Oil’s incredible ability to increase circulation, scar tissue from acne or other skin injuries can slowly start to fade. As with many other essential oils, Thyme oil offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and stimulating properties.
Overall, Thyme Oil is a skin tonic used for skin immunity and fortification of the tissue. These properties boost the overall health of the skin as it addresses specific issues, including acne while preventing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Studies have shown that thyme oil can suppress COX-2, which is an inflammatory enzyme that leads to several inflammatory ailments. Carvacrol, the major chemical in the oil, was found to play a role in this. Carvacrol was found to suppress inflammation similar to resveratrol – another powerful compound in red wine that has been linked to several health benefits.
Another study talks about how carvacrol and another compound called thymol in thyme essential oil can fight inflammation. The oil has also been used to ease the painful symptoms of arthritis.
Given its antibacterial and antifungal properties, thyme oil can protect your skin from related infections. It works as a home remedy for acne. The oil also heals sores, wounds, scars, and cuts. It even relieves burns and acts as a natural remedy for skin rashes.
Thyme oil may help reduce the symptoms of eczema as well – the embarrassing skin condition with dry and itchy scales that blister and crack. Eczema is often caused by poor digestion and stress – and since thyme improves the two conditions, it can help heal eczema as well.
And since thyme is high in antioxidants, it can slow down the aging process and give you healthy and glowing skin.
Thyme Extract actually boasts potent acne-fighting abilities given its antibacterial effect on Propionibacterium; the bacterium known to cause breakouts. Thyme also possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (Thyme contains Vitamin C) properties that make it especially ideal for inflamed, acne-erupted skin.
For treating acne, you can use thyme along with witch hazel. Steep the two in hot water for about 20 minutes. Then, use a cotton ball to apply to the affected areas. Wait for 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
Thyme oil’s antibacterial properties are an exceptional element for cleansing skin (especially acne) to leave it more purified than ever. But there are other benefits to this amazing plant.
By boosting circulation, Thyme helps stimulate blood flow to leave your skin glowing and youthful. It will also help to flush out toxins and to heal blemishes and scars to leave skin radiant and even.
It’s also renowned for its soothing properties. For a complexion that suffers from rosacea, irritation, blemishes or inflammation, Thyme oil works to heal these conditions and help skin to look and feel healthy.
If your skin needs an intense dose of soothing power, you can’t go wrong with Thyme. Thyme-infused masks and moisturizers may even reduce damage from free radicals, stress and pollution!
With its circulatory and medicinal properties, Thyme Essential Oil also fortifies the skin. Dry skin can feel relief from itching and tightness. Acneic conditions receive incredible healing and antiseptic toning. Aging and tired skin is perked up and refreshed with tissue repair.
Thyme Oil is known to stimulate, which is beneficial in skincare for circulation and increasing blood flow to skin. This perks up fatigued skin and boosts overall skin health.
Used topically and in cosmetics, thyme oil is ideally suited for those with oily skin. Its antimicrobial properties help to clear the skin, diminish texture issues, and achieve a more even, radiant complexion.
In natural remedies, it can be used to boost the recovery of minor cuts, scrapes, sunburn, and skin infections, in addition to supporting the management of minor cases of inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
Thymol is also thought to play a protective role against environmental damage on the skin, including the oxidative effects of UVA and UVB rays resulting from sun exposure. This suggests that thyme can be beneficial for anti-aging skin regimens as well.
That’s why we included it in the CHARLÍS Nourishing Anti-Aging Toner. A toner’s job is to gently refresh your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. This means our toner won’t irritate sensitive skin or cause excessive dryness. It also prepares your skin to drink up your post-cleansing moisturizer and any other skin treatments in your care regimen.
In addition to Thymus Vulgaris, the CHARLÍS Nourishing Anti-Aging Toner also utilizes the following natural compounds:
ORGANIC ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE: Aloe Barbadensis is another word for Aloe Vera. Aside from being a staple in your mother’s medicine cabinet for sunburned skin, this amazing plant has been used by different civilizations for centuries for a range of skin care, health, and medicinal purposes. It’s a great moisturizer and also helps wound healing and skin regeneration in general.
ALPINE ROSE: Grown on the slopes of the Alps, Alpine Rose (aka Rhododendron) eliminates senescent skin cells, increases skin elasticity, nourishes skin stem cells, and helps reduce and repair damage caused by environmental stressors like UV radiation. Alpine Rose really sets itself apart by its ability to stimulate collagen production. Collagen makes up the foundation of your skin and is responsible for giving you a smooth, youthful complexion.
CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA: Extracted from the fruit of a small tree, this sweet-smelling oil is great for toning, cleansing and gently antiseptic. It soothes skin irritations, minimizes the look of scars and other marks on the skin, and also helps even out skin tone by influencing melanin production.
ORGANIC CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS OIL: The essential oil from the rind of the orange, this oil has demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin lightening, and anti-microbial properties and can be beneficial in skin care formulations. Hesperidin has also been shown to offer skin protection against UVA-induced damage of fibroblasts and collagen.