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Written by Tera on August 3, 2012 – -
by Paula Davis
Did you know thyme is a proven zit zapper? A recent study conducted at Leeds Metropolitan University in northern England, proved a simple tincture of thyme is more effective in killing bacteria associated with acne than medicated creams containing benzoyl peroxide.
This is big news considering the billions of dollars spent on benzoyl peroxide, a harsh and often irritating over-the-counter pimple medication. Many have been putting up with this popular product for decades even though it generates free radicals, skin damage and long lasting hyper-pigmentation. If you search the National Library of Medicine, you’ll find 102 articles connecting benzoyl peroxide linked to skin cancer due to its tumor-producing properties. Until now, they didn’t know there was an effective alternative.
Thyme, botanically known as Thymus vulgaris, although widely known for its culinary benefits, has a host of medicinal qualities as well.
Thyme oil is rich in thymol, a powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. This means it is capable of killing and preventing the growth of many types of bacteria and, in addition to bacteria, it can kill and prevent the growth of microscopic organisms like protozoa, yeast, fungi, viruses and even worms. This is why thyme is such an effective treatment for acne. In addition to the virus that causes acne, because many of us touch our pimples and sometimes, yes, you better admit it, pinch and pop them too, we introduce bacteria into the mix.
My favorite homemade remedy for pimples, especially those painful one deep under the skin, is to apply a thyme mask. It’s so easy to make.
Place the clay in a glass container. Add the oil, ½ a teaspoon at a time, and mix. Once you have mixed in all the oil and the mixture is smooth, add 6-8 drops of thyme oil and mix again. Now the mixture almost has a creamy consistency.
Apply to your pimple and leave on for the night. For really troublesome bumps, you may need to repeat the process several consecutive evenings.
Paula Davis is your SuperGlow Girl, ready to leap over toxic beauty products to help you reclaim the natural beauty you have always known you could be. A passionate health coach and lover of all things natural and holistic, she will support your BE Beauty needs from the top of you head, to the tip of your toes and all the wonderful bits and pieces between. With or without her cape, she will personally help you navigate the 10-Day BE Beauty Mini Makeover and be a consistent and reliable resource to help you get your glow on.If you want to learn more about natural treatments for beauty, register for Be Beauty’s FREE 10-Day Natural Beauty Makeover. This FREE program begins on August 19th. It’s loaded with helpful lessons and zit-zapping, age-defying tips from Mother Nature herself!