Have you ever tried spraying thyme hydrolat on your face? The warm, sometimes pungent aromas reminiscent of oregano envelop the nostrils. Just close your eyes and you have the impression of being in the middle of the hills covered with aromatic plants, after a rain, when the scents of essential oils are released. Thyme hydrolat, however, is not just a pampering for the senses, it is also a cosmetic in all respects, capable of coming to the rescue in case of various problems that can affect the skin of the face and scalp, such as acne, wrinkles, dark spots, gray and toneless skin and even oily skin and dandruff. So, let's see what science says about the properties of thyme hydrolat, its uses and how we can make our own at home.
Thyme hydrolat, properties
Thyme hydrolat is a product that contains all the water-soluble components of thyme. According to studies, in thyme hydrolat we find the essential oils thymol and carvacrol, flavonoids, tannins and saponins (Konstantinovic et al, Plants, 2022). These characteristics give antioxidant, antiseptic and antifungal properties to thyme hydrolat, which really has nothing to envy of the essential oil, with the difference, however, that the thyme hydrolat can be sprayed pure on the skin while the essential oil, more concentrated and strong, must always be diluted in a carrier oil (Konstantinovic et al, Plants, 2022 - Popa et al, Plants, 2021). In addition to what is reported, thyme hydrolat is detoxifying and purifying, also capable of counteracting the formation of dark spots and leaving a more homogeneous complexion (Kowalczyk et al, Int J Mol Sci, 2023).
Thyme hydrolat, uses and DIY
Thyme hydrolat can be purchased in specialized shops and online. Spray thyme hydrolat on your face, neck and décolleté morning and evening, it will help in case of acne-prone skin, oily skin, irritated skin, but also mature and photo-aging skin. Thyme hydrolat can also be used on the scalp, to moisten it before applying a mask. In this case, thyme hydrolat comes to help in case of scalp irritation and dandruff. To complete the treatment you can use a little coconut oil, massaged and left to act for about ten minutes, which rebalances the skin microbiota and reduces the formation of dandruff. We have therefore seen the uses of thyme hydrolat, which you can easily purchase.
Alternatively, thyme hydrolat can also be prepared at home. Get dried thyme leaves. Bring a cup of water to the boil, remove from the heat and infuse 2 grams of thyme leaves. Let it rest for ten minutes, then filter and leave to cool. Use as a toner on the skin or as a base for face masks, or even for scalp compresses. The infusion can be kept in the refrigerator for no more than 4-5 days.