Thyme – Thymus vulgaris – Venus
- 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
- low libido
- athletes foot/ringworm/scabies
- swish: gum pain/ oral pains
- acute bronchitis/ bronchitis asthma – chronic
- moist and spasmodic asthma or coughs (kids)
- sinusitis with white mucous
- chronic upper respiratory infections
- digestive/ ibs (+ demulcent)
- ulcers (kills pylori)
- Filaria infection in urine
- UTI (with demulcents)
- vaginal thrush
- systemic candidiasis/ fungal and bacterial infection
- adrenal fatigue
- 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
- common culinary spice – aids in the digestion of fatty foods
- thyme honey is great!
- tea for congestion-relieving, stimulating, and aromatic
- 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
- essential oil for perfumery, cosmetics, and soaps
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.
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.