Thymus vulgaris

Thyme is a flowering herb in the mint family. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean region where ancient Greeks used it in their baths, burnt it as incense in their temples and the ancient Egyptians used it for embalming.

It has a long history of use as a medicinal healer and protector. From ancient times Thyme was considered to have antibacterial and antifungal properties helping to protect against infection. Prior to antibiotics, thyme oil was used to medicate bandages helping to treat bacterial and fungal infections.

Indeed Thyme contains many compounds that have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, immune modulating properties including thymol and carvacol. This makes it an effective remedy for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis which are often characterised by inflammation and redness.

The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is a driving force behind the development and progression of acne. It infects the skin pores digests sebum releasing substances that cause further inflammation. Several published studies, have found topical application of thyme tincture can help reduce acne-causing bacteria on the skin and also help reduce inflammation associated with acne. Thyme was found to be more effective at treating acne than the commonly prescribed  benzoyl peroxide, with none of the associated side affects of dry, itchy, irritated skin often experienced with benzyl peroxide. 

But Thyme isn’t just useful for treating acne, it also happens to be a rich source of antioxidants, which protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by UV radiation and environmental pollutants. This helps to prevent premature ageing of the skin and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Thyme tincture also has mild astringent properties, which can help tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of pores.

Our biodynamically grown Thyme tincture is produced for us by skilled herbalists at the site of harvest, ensuring unparalleled freshness and efficacy.