Herbal Magic of Thyme
Thyme (Sci. Name: thymus vulgaris) is one of the best examples that indicate how invaluable the treasure of Nature is. From a therapeutic perspective it acts as an excellent lung cleanser and will help to clear your lungs from phlegm and calm your cough. In addition, thyme is a natural antiseptic and has been repeatedly used to treat wounds.
Medicinal and Healing Properties of Thyme
Thyme tea will relieve excessive gas from the stomach and both the aroma and the tea of the herb will help you against headaches and believe it or not it will do miracles after a hangover (in case you regret your party last night :-). In Greece, honey made by the pollen of thyme is considered of very good quality and is used as a natural antibiotic, as it will help you boost your immune system.
Magical Properties of Thyme
It is classified in literature as a herb of Sun and/or Venus and it is used for multiple magical purposes. If placed in your pillow or above your bed it is said that will help you have a relaxing night sleep and will protect you against nightmares. This is why it is considered one of the ingredients of a magic dreaming pillow. It was also sacred to the Druids and a place where wild thyme grows would have been considered a powerful place, blessed by the Gods. If burnt, it will help purify the area and Ancient Greeks and Romans burnt thyme in their temples and sacred places to ward off negativity and raise the spirits, as it brings an aura of active tranquility.
By the phrase “active tranquility” I mean that the smell of burnt thyme will help you relax but will lift your spirits as well, as it is known as a herb that promotes courage. A magical sachet with soil from the earth, thyme and borage will give courage to the person who carries it.
The connection between this herbs and the passage to other worlds can be traced through history as it was placed in coffins to ensure that the person will have a safe passage to the otherworld and will also make the spirit of the ghost more courageous in order to face the challenges of the afterlife. In addition, thyme was carried by family members and friends to help them overcome the death of a loved one and gain the courage to combat depression. Furthermore, thyme is also known as one of the herbs that allows the witch to contact entities from other worlds and according to my experience it is a good herb to use if you would like to communicate with the Faeries as it will help you combat your insecurities.
Magic Tip: If you would like to contact the Faeries blow dried thyme leaves in the wind.
In France, it was a common practice to plant it in the garden if you would like the faeries to pay you a visit, while in Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Oberon, King of the Fairies states that “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows” potentially referring to the bed of Titania, Queen of Fairies.
In addition to the above, it is considered to bring good fortune in financial, gambling and love issues as it will help you boost your self-confidence. It is a basic ingredient to the famous Hoodoo recipe Three Jacks and King oil which was widely used by gamblers especially in card games (that’s where the oil got its name from).
Use Thyme :
- For purification and cleansing
- To promote courage
- To ward off nightmares
- In rites of passage (can be both used in birth and funeral rituals)
- In gambling
- To treat your hangover