Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thyme Tincture for Blemishes

I don't have clear, beautiful skin. I'm natural in most areas of my life & health but still my skin has blemishes. In the past I've gone the traditional dermatologist route of antibiotics and prescription cremes but I'm done with that now. I've been searching for more natural solutions* and so far thyme is one of my favorites.

A recent study found thyme is more effective on acne bacterium than prescription cremes containing benzoyl peroxide. I've tried those prescription cremes and they are expensive, very drying to to my skin and not very effective. When I read about making your own thyme treatments on Crunchy Betty I was ready to experiment.

I had organic thyme in my pantry that I recently got from my CSA and dried myself. I followed these simple steps using just witch hazel and dried thyme to make my own thyme tincture.

Thyme Tincture

  • Sterilize a small bottle by boiling it in water for 10 minutes. Dry well.
  • Add 1 Tbsp dried thyme to the bottle.
  • Pour 4 Tbsp witch hazel over the top. Shake well.
  • Within 20 minutes, the witch hazel will start to look like a light brown tea. I used it right away but continued to let the thyme steep in the witch hazel for a few days before straining the thyme out.
  • Pour your tincture onto a cotton ball or pad and rub over blemishes. I use it daily before bed.
  • Store it in a cool, dark place for up to a month.

  • My thyme tincture before I strained out the thyme leaves
    Here's an interesting article explaining that it's still early days for thyme as an acne treatment. While it's too soon to know how effective it is for everyone I'm finding for myself that it's just as effective as the prescription stuff on me. I love the smell when I rub it on my face. It reminds me of Italy and fresh from the oven pizza. Yum!

    I recommend making your own thyme treatment to try on yourself!

    *For more natural acne treatments I highly recommend the e-book Crunchy Betty's Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin.

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Menu Plan 7/2- 7/8

    Usually I post my menu on Sunday night but I've been feeling so tired from the oppressive heat and busy from the holiday festivities, ok and maybe a little lazy.

    I nearly didn't get around to making a meal plan this week as the 4th of July holiday is messing with my brain and making me feel like I can take a vacation from feeding my family. HELLO! There's never a vacation from that!

    This week I'm trying out some new crockpot recipes and using up more of the beef from my deep freeze.

    Mongolian Beef
    Weekly Menu Plan 7/2- 7/8

    Monday: Grilled Chicken, honey glazed turnips
    Tuesday:  Panko Breaded Tilapia, rice, veggie
    Wednesday: Mongolian Beef in the Crockpot
    Thursday: Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli 
    Friday: Crockpot Beef Ribs
    Saturday lunch: Tacos
    Saturday dinner: Pizza
    Sunday: Pasta with homemade marinara sauce

    Snacks: Honey Walnut GranolaSimple Vanilla Homemade ice cream

    You can find more menus at Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie.
    What's on your menu plan this week?


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