Thursday, September 25, 2014

Herbarium: Thyme


Folk Names: Common Thyme, Garden Thyme
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Powers: Courage, Healing, Health, Love, Psychic, Purification
Magical Uses and History: Thyme's reputation as a healer and protector dates back thousands of years to the time of the Romans. The Romans believed that eating Thyme before or during a meal would protect you from poison. This made it a favorite herb of emperors for obvious reasons. It was even believed that taking a bath in warm water and thyme would stop the effects of poison. Today, many people take a magical cleansing bath composed of marjoram and thyme to ensure all sorrows and ills of the past are removed from the person.

Due to its healing and purification properties, the Greeks burned it in their temples to purify them. Because of this, many people today still burn thyme before a ritual.

Thyme is also associated with courage and bravery. Roman soldiers exchanged sprigs of Thyme as a sign of respect. This association persisted into the Middle Ages as a traditional gift offered to men going to war. Smelling Thyme, fresh or burnt, will give you courage and attract good health.

When the Black Death struck in the late 1340s, Thyme was used to heal blistered skin as it contained thymol, an antiseptic. Using Thyme in healing spells will amply your magic.

Thyme can also be placed beneath your pillow to ensure a restful night free from nightmares. It can also be worn in your hair to make you irresistible. Furthermore it is said to allow the wearer to see fairies, a belief propagated by the Victorians.

Thyme can be used in a number of spells including:
     Love Spells
     Healing Spells
     Courage Spells
     Protection Magic
     Purification
     Sleep Spells
     To attract Fairies

Medicinal Uses: The leaves and flowers of Thyme are often used to aid in sluggish digestion and for its antiseptic properties. It can be gargled as a mouthwash to treat laryngitis, tonsillitis, and coughs. It can also be taken to treat asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough as it works as an expectorant to reduce unnecessary spasms. Externally it is used to treat wounds, burns, and sores.

Preparation and Dosage: The leaves and flowers should be collected between June and August on a dry day. Leaves can then be dried. Thyme can be taken internally as either an infusion or tincture. To make an infusion, pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoons of dried leaves and seep for 10 minutes. Drink or gargle with this solution up to three times a day. As a tincture, take 2-4 milliliters up to three times a day. Externally use a Thyme infused lotion on infected wounds or soak bandages in a Thyme infusion before applying to wound.

 



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2 comments:

  1. Aww! Thank you for your thoughtfulness on giving us a shadow page! Very kind! I loved this page on thyme - just loved it. Thank you Willow.

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    1. Glad you like it! All of my Herbarium posts contain printable BOS pages as well as many of my Grimoire posts.

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