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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.

My current sources of information are:

In addition I will pull from the web, sources are usually indicated but I prefer:

I’m looking to add a few more books to the home study, these are my upcoming (when I have the funds) choices:

I hope this finds you well…

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Be well,

Scott K Smith

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I’m a little low energy this weekend and I got nothing accomplished. On Friday night I went to a birthday and took a tumble in The Mezz bar (Downtown Los Angeles) over a dark little step that wasn’t roped off or lit well. Long story short, I walked through the front door and while marveling at the old-style architecture, cornices, and other details, I failed to see the step/stage in the middle of the floor. Brandon pointed out that while he was looking at me the lights were right in my face and it made it almost impossible to see the step. Which I hit with my foot causing me to loudly and painfully fall right on my upper chest, hands, and arm.

I’m still in a good deal of pain but the second day isn’t as bad as the first. This week will be interesting as I attempt to do my normal routine. At this point getting out of bed is an interesting maneuver in avoiding pain while wiggling down to the edge to lean off the mattress and onto my feet. Bear with me, please. Send some healing (for my greater health and healing) if you would like. An harm none.

Any-who-who, I need to do a little shout out to some of the blogs I read, often. These are the blogs that give me some food for thought (listed alphabetically). On days like today they are essential reading. Homebound and sitting around a lot can get monotonous. It’s not like this world cup game is any entertaining.

Without further adieu…


101 Cookbooks

Heidi Swanson (aptly  named don’t ya think?) creates some of the most yummy looking and tasty dishes. Often simple, with natural whole grains, vegetables and good foods.

Chatishin “Life/Art/Life”

Chati Coronel brings art to us as a provocative spiritual practice. It’s breathy, inspiring, and transformative. Once our neighbor, Chati, her husband and Edber, and beautiful little daughter Mecha have moved but you can follow along and explore her latest journey through her blog.

I find her poetic process of creation most interesting.

East Village Boys

Great photography, writing, and often some awesome beats to go along with the flavor of the week, East Village Boys has been the spotlight of all sorts of amazing creative folk. Sexy, funny, dirty, real, entertaining.

Food Renegade

This is another new site for me, introduced by Carla Golden. The Food Renegade is not just about food on the “eating level” but what is IN your food, why it could be controversial and / or unhealthy and how to shift our perspective. From the site:

Everyone has an idea of what “healthy” food is. Vegans, vegetarians, Paleo dieters, Atkins-for-lifers. You. Me. For most of us, this food worldview takes shape unconsciously as we go about our lives absorbing the not-so subtle messages of food marketers.

Most of us grew up thinking fat was evil. Food manufacturers paraded a host of low-fat options in front of consumers. Margarine was supposed to be “healthier” than butter; skim milk was supposed to be better than whole milk. People picked up low-fat versions of their favorite junk foods and felt wise and healthy.  Saturated fats were the devil incarnate. Avoid red meat! Chicken is king! Cholesterol is bad; avoid eggs. But as a nation, we still grew more obese and sickly.

When the Atkins diet became the rage, breadmakers went out of business all across the country. Low-carb became our new mantra. Even if we didn’t jump on board the Atkins bandwagon, we still probably hold some residual low-carb prejudices.

The average person’s food worldview is a wild and often contradictory mix of popular nutritional mumbo-jumbo.We walk through the supermarket and are inundated with marketing messages left and right — all of which make some sort of health claims. We pick up on these hints, add them to our conflicted understanding of what is and is not good for us, and wait for the next nutritional expert to tell us how to eat.

But what we eat shouldn’t be determined by diet dictocrats. It should be determined by history, culture, and traditional cuisines.

We have lived for thousands of years on this planet. Every native community has a highly developed food culture — what food to eat when, how it should be prepared and eaten, what it should be eaten with, and what foods are taboo and should be avoided.

for the love of yum

Another great food blog. Although it isn’t always “vegi” I think that the food prepared and presented has been simply delicious. We’ve dipped into FtLoY a few times for parties, dinners and snacks. This blog, like many food blogs that I consider great, draws me in through the food, photography, and the personal stories that come around them.


I think it was iHerb who turned me onto to Herbivoracious. I’ve only just started to receive the blog and recipe’s in my rss reader. So far, so good! From the blog, “Herbivoracious is all about reinvigorating vegetarian cuisine with modern techniques and bold, authentic flavors.”


Christopher is a great and informative teacher of the Runes. His daily draws and explanation combine ancient verse and meaning for meditation on the Runes.

I have to say that his class over at Points of Light, in Long Beach, is AMAZING. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m glad I signed up.

Strategic Sorcery

Hours of entertainment. This guy is a brain. His “ask me anything” blog has had me going ‘huh?’ a few times and caused several nose dives into books, research, and internet scavenging to learn more.

The Healthy Haven

The Healthy Haven is the blog. An informative read about foods, supplements, herbs, oils and uses. I picked up the Quinoa recipe through the Healthy Haven!


Here’s hoping you enjoy the reads and are having a good Sunday!

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Be well,

Scott K Smith

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Thayers Lemon Witch Hazel

Smells fantastic and feels great. I picked this up the last time I ordered from and it’s become my morning, noon, and night splash. It’s addictive!

Thayers, Astringent, Lemon Witch Hazel
With Aloe Vera Formula

Gentle, Cleanses, Refreshes

A natural gentle skin astringent derived from a time honored Native-American formula. Our unique blend deep cleans skin of excess oil, dirt and make-up, while leaving your skin soft and younger-looking. Our formula contains a proprietary blend of seven efficacious cleansing herbal extracts, first published for use by skin care professionals in 1875.

  • Blackberry
  • Orange Peel
  • Nettle
  • Lemongrass
  • Chamomile

Witch Hazel can help to tighten pores and smooth skin. Thayers proprietary Witch Hazel extract (derived from the bark) is not distilled, thereby maintaining all the beneficial natural tannins. Assay of hamamelitannin shows that Witch Hazel bark extract is 31 times richer in hamamelitannin than the leaf extract and 87 times richer than the stem extract.

Suggested Use

Apply with a cotton ball or soft pad to cleanse, soften, refresh and moisturize skin. Use anytime throughout the day as a softening refresher.

Other Ingredients

Purified water, SD alcohol 40-B (natural grain) 10%, aloe barbadensis leaf juice (certified organic filet of aloe vera), glycerin (vegetable), hamamelis virginiana (Thayers proprietary un-distilled witch hazel) extract, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel extract, rubus fruticosus (blackberry) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, urtica dioica (nettle) extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, fragrance (natural lemon), citric acid.

No animal testing!

You can get Thayer’s Lemon Witch Hazel and many other great products at the following link for Thayers, Astringent, Lemon Witch Hazel, 12 fl oz (355 ml) –



Scott K Smith is a great online resource for vitamins, supplements, teas, tonics, lotions, and so much more. Our house  has been a customer for a few years now and the discounts are truly great. Some people prefer to buy from a local shop, but for a time in downtown LA my only option was RiteAid or GNC.

I’ve never been a fan of GNC.

Here is a bit from their website, and part of the reason I like them so much.

Great selection and best value guarantee

At iHerb you will find the very best selection of nationally known brands (Now Foods, Natural Factors, Source Naturals, Life Extension…..) at remarkably competitive prices, with no house brands. We firmly believe that iHerb delivers the best overall value in the world for natural health products, and for orders over $60.00 we GUARANTEE it. To avail yourselves of this guarantee, the following conditions must be met:

  1. We must receive the price match request by email within 10 days of your order placed. Please include a link to the website you found the product(s) cheaper
  2. The order must be over $60 (not including shipping charges)
  3. Only one competitor’s website per order
  4. The product must be exactly the same (Manufacturer, dosage, etc.)

We will take into consideration any discounts that are applied to your order when we determine the amount of the price match. The difference will then be credited back to your card and you will receive an email to confirm the credit
To our valued international customers, we are only able to price match orders from our domestic customers. This is due to our extremely discounted shipping rates that our competitors can not even come close to matching. We know that if you take this into consideration you will see that iHerb definitely offers a better overall value to our international customers.

Local, REAL customer care & timely, reliable communication

Although we are an online store and take only online orders, we do have a full-time customer service team of 8+ people, all based locally. We can be reached by phone during business hours (8 to 5 weekdays), and via email and live chat during extended hours. See our contact information. You are welcome to contact us with your concerns. Problems with shipments are extremely rare, but if something is wrong (such as a broken bottle or missing item), we’ll do our best to resolve the issue in a timely manner.

“When did my order go out? When can I expect it?” Soon after placing your order online, you will receive an email confirmation. And when the order has been shipped out, you will get an additional email with the tracking number (where applicable).

To help safeguard the natural environment, we purchase recycled or biodegradable materials for packaging and shipping whenever possible.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the things I can get through iHerb. Yogi Tea, Liquid Vitamins, vegan supplements, and they have a huge online library, customer review section and they ship fast!

Give it a shot. Order through the link at the top of the post, or on the sidebar at Lifencompass. You can also go to, and you can recieve $5.00 off your first order by entering the code: LIF882

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Scott K Smith

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