Thursday, March 29, 2012

Herbal Lore - Thyme


Gender – Feminine
Planet – Venus
Element - Water


The name comes from the Greek word thumos meaning spirit or smoke. The Greeks attributed the properties of strength and courage to thyme, and Roman soliders bathed in it before battle. Later in the middle ages, Knights would have a sprig of thyme embroidered on their scarves by their lady as a sign of bravery. Sprigs of thyme were often placed on coffins as it was thought that the spirit would take up residence in the flowers of the thyme plants.

Culinary Uses

Thyme is a fragrant herb that works well with all meats, vegetables, casseroles, soups, stuffings and marinades. Excellent for use in herb bread and flavoured butters. Lemon thyme works well with fish and chicken. It has a strong flavour so use sparingly.

Herbal Lore

Thyme has powerful antibacterial and antibiotic properties and makes an effective tonic for the immune system. Used in treating coughs, rheumatism, acne, colds and infections. As a stimulate it helps eliminate waste from the body and acts as a diuretic. Great for use as an insect repellant.

Magical Uses

Assists with sleep, promotes psychic ability and healing. Used for purification and in healing rituals. Take a magical cleansing bath in the spring of thyme and marjoram to wash away the chills of Winter and to ‘spring clean’ yourself. It can be placed under the pillow to cure nightmares. Legend has it that thyme was an essential ingredient in a magic brew that allowed the drinker to see the fairies. It was also considered an aphrodisiac.

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