DIY Homemade Thyme Solutions
Thyme-Infused All-Purpose Home Cleaner
You’ve probably heard of the disinfecting power of vinegar and tried using it for cleaning. It’s great for getting rid of germs, but the smell can be a bit overwhelming!
To remedy this, infuse your vinegar-and-water solution with some aromatic herbs. Here is what you need to do:
What you will need:
- A plastic bottle with spray nozzle
- Half a cup of distilled water
- Half a cup of distilled white vinegar
- 12 to 24 drops of thyme essential oil
- Other essential oils (optional)
- A funnel
Instructions on how to make your thyme all-purpose cleaner:
- Pour the vinegar and water into the spray bottle using a funnel. If you don’t have a funnel, you can cut out the top part of a plastic soda bottle and turn it into a funnel.
- Add the thyme essential oil. You also have the option of adding drops of other essential oils to give your homemade all-purpose cleaner a unique fragrance. Some of the other oils that you can use are tea tree oil, orange oil, lemon oil, and peppermint oil. Lavender oil works well too because of its scent and its antimicrobial property.
- Cover the bottle and shake.
- When not in use, store your home cleaner away from direct sunlight or heat. Exposure to such elements may alter the chemical makeup of the essential oils.
Another method for making your natural disinfectant is to use thyme leaves instead of thyme essential oil.
- Boil some water in a pot.
- Add one to two spoonfuls of thyme leaves, dried or fresh. Let them steep as though making tea.
- Let the thyme tea cool before pouring it in your spray bottle.
- Add vinegar.
- You can also add essential oils to make your disinfectant more aromatic.
- If you’re dealing with hard-to-remove stains and molds, use more vinegar than water in your homemade cleaner.
Herbal teas are chockfull of good stuff like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Regular consumption of these teas is a good way to stay healthy and provides great relief when suffering from sore throats and colds.
When thyme is consumed as a tea, you get the optimum amount of thymol, its beneficial active ingredient. Create your own tea out of thyme and other herbs and make them a part of your daily life.
What you need:
- 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves OR 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
- A pot
- 2 cups of water
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Raw honey (optional)
Instructions for making your thyme tea:
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Finely chop about 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme.
- Put the chopped fresh thyme OR a tablespoon of dried thyme into cups and then fill them with boiling water.
- Let the thyme steep in the boiling water for up to ten minutes.
- Add lemon juice and/or honey to taste.
- Enjoy your tea!
Thyme Facial Toner
Recently, a study conducted by scientists at Leeds Metropolitan University showed that thyme works better than conventional benzoyl peroxide-containing prescription creams in fighting acne. Isn’t that great?
And apart from getting rid of acne, thyme also soothes inflammation, gently exfoliates, and moisturizes dry skin. Reap the benefits of thyme and make your skin look flawless by making and using this thyme facial toner.
What you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of witch hazel
- A small bottle or bowl
Instructions for making and using your thyme facial toner:
- Make sure that your bottle or bowl is sterile, as you will be using its contents on your face. Boil it in water for around ten minutes then dry thoroughly with a clean cloth.
- Once clean and dry, put one tablespoon of the dried thyme in it.
- Pour three to four tablespoons of witch hazel into the bottle. Then cover the bottle and shake it well.
- Let the thyme steep in witch hazel for 20 minutes. The witch hazel should be light brown or darker by the time you reach the 20-minute mark.
- Pour a drop or two of the toner on a ball of cotton or a clean and soft face towel and dab it onto your face gently. Let the toner linger on spots infected with acne.
If you don’t have witch hazel, you can get the same effect by mixing thyme oil or dried thyme with your facial products.
You know there’s truth to a plant’s purported health benefits when even the ancients were raving about it.
And now, modern science has shown what the Greeks and Romans knew all along. Thyme is a powerful herb with many valuable uses to offer.
Keep a pot of thyme on your windowsill or in your garden to enjoy its benefits any time you want.Share with friends!