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Thyme is an aromatic evergreen shrub and a popular kitchen herb. It is also renowned for its medicinal properties. Its leaves, flowers, and oil contain powerful therapeutic value. The use of thyme medicinally by ancient Babylonians, Assyrians and Sumerians can be traced back almost 5000 years ago.
In the European Middle Ages, thyme was placed beneath a pillow to help with sleep. In the European Middle Ages, thyme was often placed beneath pillows to improve sleep and ward off nightmares. The word thyme is derived from the Greek word “thymus” which means courage. Ancient Greeks put fresh thyme in their baths and for thousands of years, warriors used thyme to improve physical endurance.
Ayurvedic medicine promotes thyme for its astringent, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
6 Benefits Of Thyme For Health & Beauty
Acne – The antibacterial properties in thyme make it an effective bacteria fighter. A study published by Leeds Metropolitan University found that thyme was more effective than standard acne- fighting lotions and creams. Mix three parts coconut oil and 1 part thyme oil in a small container. Apply the mixture to your face nightly to fight the bacteria that causes acne.
Hair growth – Thyme delivers powerful nutrients to hair follicles that are necessary for healthy hair growth. Thyme also improves blood circulation to the scalp which encourages growth. Rub a mixture of thyme oil and coconut oil on the scalp to lock in moisture and deliver nutrients. This treatment will also make your hair shiny.
Athletes foot – Thyme has antifungal properties that make it an effective therapy for athletes foot. Add a few drops of thyme oil to warm water and soak feet until the fungus is gone.
Heart health – Thyme oil can keep inflammation that leads to cardiovascular disease from developing. The oil also allows proper functioning of cardiac valves and causes veins and arteries to relax which reduces blood pressure and strengthens the heart.
Bad breath – Thyme is a popular ingredient in mouthwash products due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Regular use of thyme will keep your mouth healthy and reduce the chance of cavities and gingivitis developing.
Insomnia – If you are having problems falling asleep try some thyme tea. The herb contains calming properties that can lessen anxiety and improve mood.
DIY Thyme Spray To Stimulate Hair Growth & Beat Dandruff
We’ve prepared this 30-second video to show you the whole process of making this super simple, but remarkably effective dry scalp spray. Below the video, you’ll see step by step written instructions with photos.
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This scalp spray combines three powerful natural ingredients, thyme, honey and apple cider vinegar to keep moisture locked in and dandruff away. Honey is loaded with therapeutic properties and is a potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent and has vitamins that will keep your scalp and hair healthy.
fresh thyme (about 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon of honey
1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
Add the thyme leaves to a glass jar. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the leaves. Add a lid.
Let the thyme leaves sit for 2-3 days. After the 3 days, strain the leaves and pour into a cup or bowl.
Mix in the tablespoon of honey and pour into a spray bottle.
How to Use:
Spray liberally on the scalp as needed.
Make sure you part your hair if it is thick to get the spray as close to the scalp as possible.
The spray will not only help get rid of dandruff but it will stimulate hair growth. Use daily if needed.
5 More Natural Remedies for an Itchy Scalp
While there are many over-the-counter remedies for an itchy scalp, many of them contain dangerous chemicals. The good news is that, in addition to thyme, there are numerous other natural and toxic-free options available.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a go-to remedy for itchy skin including the scalp. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, apple cider vinegar helps to kill the yeast and any viruses that can cause an itchy scalp. In addition, apple cider vinegar balances pH levels which can restore moisture to the scalp and keeps dryness at bay.
To use: Rinse your hair and scalp with water and let it dry. Combine an equal amount of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Apply to your scalp and dab with cotton balls. Let it sit for about five minutes and shampoo and condition as normal. Repeat as often as necessary.
Coconut oil contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiviral properties that make it an excellent scalp conditioner. The healthy fat found in this tropical oil creates a barrier that locks in moisture.
To use: Rub a small amount of organic coconut oil on your scalp and cover your head with a bag. It is best to sleep with the coconut oil on your scalp. Wash and condition as usual in the morning. Use as often as needed to relieve dryness, itchiness, and inflammation.
Fresh aloe vera gel has powerful therapeutic properties that work to alleviate itchiness and inflammation of the scalp. The cooling nature of the gel relieves pain associated with dryness.
To use: Rub a small amount of aloe gel on your scalp and allow it to set for at least 15 minutes. Wash and conditions as usual.
Lemon juice is particularly effective against dandruff. It contains antiseptic properties that heal and cool the skin.
To use: Apply fresh lemon juice generously over the scalp. Let it sit for five minutes and shampoo as usual. You can also dilute the lemon juice with water or even add some organic yogurt to lemon juice for an overall scalp and hair treatment. Use a few times a week until dryness and itchiness disappear.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has powerful antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties that help alleviate irritation and itch. There are a number of ways to employ this therapeutic oil to the scalp.
To use: Add 20 drops of oil to one-half cup of your normal shampoo and use a few times a week to moisturize your scalp and reduce itchiness. You can also dilute a few drops of 100% pure tea tree oil in coconut oil and massage into your scalp.