Video Lesson: Uses of Thyme
Thyme is a symbol of graceful elegance: “To smell of Thyme was an expression of praise.” The Romans associated Thyme with the goddess Venus.
Egyptians used thyme in their mummification rituals. The Greeks believed that thyme was born from the same tears of Helen of Troy and used it for worship rituals and healing baths.
Properties of Thyme
Thyme is a well-known plant its many uses in the kitchen, where it can be used to season all kinds of dishes due to its beautiful aroma and flavor. But it is so versatile that we can take advantage of it for our physical and mental health.
Sachets, talismans, rituals and spells with thyme are usually directed at improving the health of a person. Add this herb to a green cloth bag with rosemary and place it under the bed to cleanse personal energies and invoke protection.
If added to the bath water (boiled first and strained) thyme removes bad luck and reactivates the self. Placed in pots at home, it makes the people who live there be healthy, especially when a family is going through a bad streak.
Spells with Thyme
Other names for Thyme: Common Thyme, Farigoule, French Thyme, Garden Thyme. From the Greek word thuein: ‘burn, sacrifice’.
Origin of Thyme: Southern Europe. Thyme is cultivated in Eastern and Southern Europe and Northern Africa, but also in the US.
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Uses of Thyme in Witchcraft
Hardy thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has a long and colorful history in folklore, medicine, magic, and even music through the famous classic Beatles song “Scarborough Fair”. This small garden herb is a member of the mint family. In Ancient Egypt, thyme was found in almost all households where it was used as a pain killer. Its essential oil, known as thymol, can be used as a disinfectant and antiseptic just like other members of the mint family. Sumerians recorded using the antiseptic properties of thyme as early as 3000 BCE.
Did you know that cultures throughout history have also used thyme as a cure for poison? In fact, Roman emperors ate it before a meal to foil any attempts to poison them!
Magical Properties of Thyme
Courage and Strength
Those same Roman emperors also gave thyme to their soldiers before a battle as a sign of courage. In magickal work, thyme increases strength and courage. Keep a sprig of thyme in a bag or pinned to your clothing as the smell can help to promote courage and energy whenever it is needed.
Thyme brings about an increase in monetary fortune. Both “Three Jacks” and “King Oil,” popular lucky oils used by gamblers, count thyme as a main ingredient, and folklore tells us that when we plant thyme in the garden our money luck will increase as the thyme crop grows.
Magically, thyme is aligned with the feminine energies, the element of air, and the planet Venus. Thyme’s association with the element of communication, Air, helps one to see faeries and faeries love thyme. Wild thyme worn as a charm or the essential oil opens the eyes to the fae realm. Freshly-picked thyme is very potent for use in magic to summon and communicate with faeries.
Medicinal Properties of Thyme
Thyme has incredible anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which makes it excellent at treating acne. A thyme tincture was shown to reduce acne in one study in the United Kingdom1. In fact, it worked better than any over the counter medicine including benzoyl peroxide. While the research still needs to be formally reviewed, it appears as if thyme could be the solution to many frustrating pimples.
This hearty herb is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that help improve heart health. But what is most important for heart health are manganese and potassium. Potassium and manganese are both vasodilators. Vasodilators help enlarge veins so that they are able to efficiently carry blood to tissues and muscles like the heart. A recent study found that rats who supplemented their diets with thyme oil had higher antioxidant levels during their lifetime2. Increased levels of antioxidants can potentially extend your life by preventing heart attacks and coronary heart diseases.
Do not take thyme if you have a bleeding disorder as it may potentially slow blood clotting. Discontinue taking before or after surgery. Do not take if you have a condition that is exacerbated by exposure to estrogen.
This beautiful, easy to grow herb provides an essential oil that has countless health benefits. May this lovely, earthy herb bring fortune and courage to your life and enhance your magickal spells!