Thyme is one of the unsung hero ingredients in our 100% Natural Deep Cleaning Make-Up Brush Shampoo. We often talk about the benefits of having Tea Tree and Lemongrass in our products, but we feel its about Thyme we talk about the other essential oil in our popular brush cleaner. So here are 10 things you may not know about Thyme...
Thyme oil has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The antiseptic can help prevent growth of bacteria and the antioxidant can help your body fight those horrible free radicals!
Thyme oil was used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process. Along with Lavender, Rose and Peppermint, Thyme was one of the most popular fragrances for Pharaohs, and it was thought that if the body of the dead has a pleasant odour, it would be accepted into the afterlife!
The Greeks, Romans and Scottish Highlanders all believed that Thyme brought courage. Many soldiers would wear Thyme somewhere upon their body during battle. Also, if the Greeks told you that you "smelled of Thyme" it meant that they thought you were elegant, refined and stylish!
Thyme was sacred to the Druids, who used it to treat depression and ward off negativity.
Throughout history it has been said that fairies love Thyme. In fact, in England and France people would create beds of Thyme to attract fairies and make them feel at home in their garden. It also pops up in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer's Night Dream. The King of the fairies Oberon says " I know a bank where the wild Thyme grows" referring to Titania, the Fairy Queen's bed.
Staying with Fairies, Thyme was the main ingredient in a 17th century recipe that claimed to allow people so see Fairies!
Thyme has been used on bandages to help treat wounds for many years. Its less irritant to the skin than other antiseptics, and often has a greater germicidal strength.
Thyme essential oil is known as Thymol. It was first isolated in Germany in 1725. One of the active ingredients in mouthwashes, such as Listerine is Thymol.
Latest medical studies show that Thyme can be used in the treatment of bronchitis, fungal infections and skin conditions such as acne.
There are over 100 varieties of Thyme and its a perennial plant which means it can survive for over 2 years in the wild.