Thyme Monograph

Thyme – Thymus vulgaris – Venus

Family: Lamiaceae

Description:

  • low, slow growing plant
  • small flat oval leaves
  • tine, good smelling plant with lilac, white, or pink
  • grow into loose spikes

Habitat: native to Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa, but widely cultivated

To Grow: light, warm well-drained and dry soil. Full sun (although I have it in full sun and it doesn’t love it, it really loves growing underneath and through the poppies. Needs very little care.

Energetics: warm, dry – yang – fire/water

Actions: antiseptic, decongestant, antifungal, antibacterial, carminative, expectorant, antispasmodic, astringent, anthelmintic, anthelmintic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, vulnerary, vermifuge, bronchodilator, antitussive

Constituents: volatile oil (thymot and carvacrol); flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin, thymosin, naringenin); labiatic acid; tannins; caffeic acid

Medicinal Uses:

  • low libido
  • athletes foot/ringworm/scabies
  • itching/rashes/burns
  • swish: gum pain/ oral pains
  • acute bronchitis/ bronchitis asthma – chronic
  • moist and spasmodic asthma or coughs (kids)
  • tonsilitis
  • sinusitis with white mucous
  • emphysema
  • chronic upper respiratory infections
  • digestive/ ibs (+ demulcent)
  • ulcers (kills pylori)
  • flatulence
  • hookworm/tapeworms
  • Filaria infection in urine
  • UTI (with demulcents)
  • Leukorrhea
  • vaginal thrush
  • neuralgia
  • systemic candidiasis/ fungal and bacterial infection
  • adrenal fatigue

Flower Essence:

  • related to the passage of time and it acceleration
  • amplifying effect – increasing strength and courage – enhancing the body’s metabolic processes
  • thyme acts to amplify the effects of other flower essences
  • Good for people struggling with time, stressed by deadlines, always trying to beat the clock
  • For people in old age helping to protect from mind and body

Edible:

  • common culinary spice – aids in the digestion of fatty foods
  • thyme honey is great!
  • tea for congestion-relieving, stimulating, and aromatic

Other:

  • Ritual cup to commune with the dead
  • fae invoke – the dance around on beds of thyme
  • Do not bring wild thyme into the house, it is said to be a home for fae and bad luck to bring it indoors
  • Roman times; burned to deter scorpions
  • still used for embalming
  • virtues: courage and ambition
  • protection
  • essential oil for perfumery, cosmetics, and soaps

Contraindications:

  • pregnancy
  • hyperthyroidism

Personal:

Growing thyme has been an interesting experience because she is so dependent on the type of light at the right time. I found that time likes to be entangled within other plants, as long as she can reach the light when she feels like it. She’s a very cheerful plant friend!

I love to use this herb in food – especially with tomatoes and basil – and in tea when I feel a cough coming on.

References:

Alfs, M. (2003). 300 Herbs Their Indications and Contraindications. New Brighton, MN: Old Theology Book House.

Beyerl, P. (1984). The master book of herbalism. Custer, Wash.: Phoenix Pub.

Mars

McIntyre

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