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What is Thyme?

Thyme is a culinary and medicinal herb that was used by Ancient Egyptians for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it was a source of courage. The Romans are widely credited with spreading the use of Thyme throughout Europe, as they used it to purify their rooms. In the European Middle Ages, the herb was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares.

The essential oil of common Thyme is made up of 20-54% thymol, an antiseptic that is also the main active ingredient in Listerine mouthwash. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, it was used to medicate bandages and can still be found as the active ingredient in all-natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizers.

Thyme's Benefits for Skin

Thyme is a great antioxidant and also helps to improve skin tone and providing good astringent qualities. It is also a powerful antifungal and antiviral agent – helping to keep your skin in tip-top condition.

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