Folk Names: Common Thyme, Garden Thyme
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:
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.