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By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: September 25, 2008, from the October 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Thyme features antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that help firm collagen in the skin.3 Additionally, the flowering thyme tops contain an essential oil, as well as a variety of flavonoids, increasing thyme’s antioxidant capacity.1, 2
The Hot Stone Foot Treatment from Cal-a-Vie, The Spa Havens in Vista, California, features a warm paraffin wax infused with thyme, cucumber and iris to help soothe and heal dry, damaged skin; and Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, offers a Nurturing Organic Thyme Foot Scrub as an add-on for massages or wraps. At Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in Freestone, California, the Aromatherapy Facial uses thyme and lavender to soothe and balance skin; and the Carita Lift and Firming Treatment at Bella Santé in Boston utilizes thyme in a blend of facial massage oil to exfoliate and lift. The Himilayan Renewal Package from Sattva in Denver, features a detoxifying thyme and eucalyptus herbal steam; and The Baths of Caracalla in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides Raindrop Therapy that uses thyme essential oil to help balance clients. Sage Waters of Taos, New Mexico’s, Radiant Body Polish features a total body exfoliation using a variety of essential oils, including thyme; and the Salt Glow & Garden Wrapsody is a full-body cleansing and exfoliation featuring sea salts and essential oils such as thyme from Le Petite Retreat Day Spa in Los Angeles.
Professional skin care suppliers also haven’t forgotten about this diminutive herb. Hormeta’s Skin Clearing Cream to fight pigmentation is enriched with thyme, rosemary and lemon, and DermaNatural offers an Apple & Pectin Masque to speed exfoliation with the herb’s help. Yon-Ka Paris uses thyme in a variety of products, including its Emulsion Pure, where the ingredient helps oily, acneic skin; and thyme’s scent is featured in the company’s Ylang-Ylang-Grapefruit-Thyme Candle Therapy collection. Eve Taylor’s No. 10 Professional Aromatherapy Treatment Oil includes thyme essential oil, and Karin Herzog Skin Care’s Oxygen Hand & Nail Cream features thyme extracts to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on hands.
Although it is petite, thyme, in many ways, improves everything it comes in contact with. Whether the benefits are simply aromatic and flavorful, or they enhance your spa’s offerings with therapeutic results, perhaps it’s time to consider thyme for your spa’s menu.