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Thymus vulgaris - L. || from, Plants for a Future


Thymus Vulgaris – L.

General characteristics. Garden Thyme is a cultivated shrub-like plant with 10-20 cm high, woody, brown trunk and upright, square and hairy arms. The leaves are cross-opposite, sessile or short stemmed, lancettlika, ovate, more or less strongly hairy and furled at the edge. Flowering period is from June to August.

This species should not be confused with the so-called wild thyme, Thymus serpyllum L., who is a perennial, scrubby, fragrant plant with creeping, hairy stems, small oval lancettlika, over-wintering leaves and bright red, usually 6-flowered flower wreaths in the stem.

~Henrietta’s Herbal Homepage (thyme)


“Thyme was called thymos by the Greeks, which meant “fumigate”. They associated thyme with valour in battle, and the restoration of physical power. Roman soldiers were known to bathe in a decoction of thyme before going into combat, to boost strength and courage. The Sumerians used it as an antiseptic, and in Egypt, thyme was one of the herbs which was used in the mummification process. Culpepper recommends using thyme as a treatment for whooping cough.

Thyme can be used in healing rituals, or to bring about restful sleep. Women who wear thyme on their person are irresistable to men, and carrying sprigs in your pocket aids in developing your psychic abilities. Burn some thyme to help boost your courage before confrontations.”

Other Names: Common thyme, garden thyme
Gender: Feminine
Element: Water
Planetary Connection: Venus

( Paganism | Wicca)

Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

Powers: Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Power, Love, Purification, Courage.

Magical Use: Burned to attract good health and is worn for this purpose. It is also used in healing spells.

Placed beneath the pillow, it ensures restful sleep and a pleasant lack of nightmares. Worn, Thyme aids in developing psychic powers, and women who wear a sprig of thyme in the hair to make themselves irresistible.

Thyme is also a purificatory herb; the Greeks burned it in their temples to purify them and so thyme is often burned prior to magical rituals to cleanse the area. In spring, a magical cleansing bath composed of marjoram and thyme is taken to ensure all the sorrows and ills of the past are removed from the person.

Thyme is also carried and smelled to give courage and energy. If you wear it you will see fairies.

~Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, page 242-243, Scott Cunningham.

Other books by Paul Beyerl and even the Modern Herbal mention the use in strength, courage, fairy folk and it’s purification properties.

Remember you can work with herbs and plants on many levels. You do not need an apothecary, you don’t need to be an “alchemist” to practice herb craft. My golden rule with working magick (in cooking, aromatherapy, or magickal practice) is to connect with the spirit of the plant / herbs that you are working with to unlock their potential.

You are the key that awakens the energy in your food or spell. There is a mother or father spirit for every green thing.


Thyme (pronounced /ˈtaɪm/; spelling pronunciation /ˈθaɪm/) is a well-known culinary and medicinal herb. In common usage the name may refer to:

  • any or all members of the plant genus Thymus
  • common thyme, Thymus vulgaris, and some other species that are used as culinary herbs or for medicinal purposes
  • Thyme-like species such as Caribbean Thyme (Plectranthus amboinicus)


Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing that thyme was a source of courage. It was thought that the spread of thyme throughout Europe was thanks to the Romans, as they used it to purify their rooms and to “give an aromatic flavour to cheese and liqueurs”. In the European Middle Ages, the herb was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares. In this period, women would also often give knights and warriors gifts that included thyme leaves as it was believed to bring courage to the bearer. Thyme was also used as incense and placed on coffins during funarels as it was supposed to assure passage into the next life.

~Wiki Link and more information.

Young Living

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has a spicy, warm, herbaceous aroma that is both powerful and penetrating. Known since ancient times as a medicinal herb, thyme contains large amounts of thymol. As a dietary supplement, it is one of the strongest antioxidants known. Thyme supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and other body systems.* Thyme may also be used to enhance the flavor of food. Thyme has an approximate ORAC of 159,590 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

Thyme Essential Oil – 15 ml.

Item No: 3650
Preferred Customer Price: $39.08
Customer Price: $44.41

For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat’s or rice milk.

Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Always dilute before applying to the skin or taking internally. Keep out of reach of children.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.


Thymol has been used to successfully control varroa mites and prevent fermentation and the growth of mould in bee colonies. A minor use is in bookbinding: before rebinding, books with mold damage can be sealed in bags with thymol crystals to kill fungal spores. Thymol has been used in alcohol solutions and in dusting powders for the treatment of tinea(ringworm) infections. Thymol was used to treat hookworm infections in the US. It is also used as a preservative inhalothane, an anaesthetic, and as an antiseptic in mouthwash. It is the active antiseptic ingredient in the toothpasteEuthymol. Thymol is an active ingredient in Listerine (R), present at the concentration of 0.64 mg/mL. Thymol has been found to be more effective when used in combination with chlorohexidine to reduce plaque and gingivitis than when used purely by itself. On its own, thymol has microbial activity because of its phenolic structure. It has shown antibacterial activity against bacterial strains including Aeromoans hydrophila and Staphylococcus aureus.

The Bee Balms (Monarda fistulosa and Monarda didyma) are natural sources of thymol, a primary active ingredient in modern commercial mouthwash formulas. The Blackfeet Native Americans recognized this plant’s strong antiseptic action, and used poultices of the plant for skin infections and minor wounds. A tea made from the plant was also used to treat mouth and throat infections caused by dental caries and gingivitis.

There is also evidence supporting the belief that thymol, when applied two to three times daily, can eliminate certain kinds of fungal infections that affect finger nailsand toe nails in humans. Regular application to the affected nail over periods approximating three months has been shown to eliminate the affliction by effectively preventing further progress; by simply cutting the nail as one normally would, all infected material is eventually eliminated.

~Wiki Link and more information.

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Alternative Essential Oils

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Both Nature’s Alchemy (Red Thyme, $8.16, 15 ml) and Now Foods ($9.93, 30 ml) can be found there.


I hope to continue to add these little herbals to the site, I encourage your constructive input as I admittedly am studying in areas where I am only a journeyman.

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I found this while crawling around on the web. I’ve been reading for hours so forgive my short commentary, at the moment.

A neat article on the power of essential oils, Thyme, and Cinnamon.


Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr Effimia Eriotou, from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, in Greece, who led the research, tested the antimicrobial activity of eight plant essential oils. They found that thyme essential oil was the most effective and was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes.

The essential oils of thyme and cinnamon were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species. Strains of these bacteria are common inhabitants of the skin and some may cause infection in immunocompromised individuals. Drug-resistant strains, such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are extremely difficult to treat. “Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimise the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging,” said Professor Samaras.

via Essential oils to fight superbugs.


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