Saturday, 1 February 2014

The Weekly Herb - Thyme

       Its Friday night so I could like many other stereotypical university students head out to a bar or a club or something for what I'm sure many people believe is the best way to have a good time. But then again clubs are rather gross in my opinion too many sweaty drunk people spilling their drinks searching for someone to satisfy their alcohol-enhanced lusty appetites. Thank the earth I am not one of those people who has such a narrow perception of a good time.




      Now that I've had that mini rant about clubs and other such unappetizing things, I'll get to the point of what I'm going to talk about in today's post herbs, herbs, more herbs, and well witchcraft. For a few months now I've been on a spiritual quest to figure out what I believe and over the course of my spiritual travels I've discovered that I experience my spirituality through witchcraft. No, I am not a Wiccan nor do I follow their rituals or belief system, I respect their beliefs but have found they simply don't match my own. I'll get more into my witch spiritual pathway in future but for today I'm going to focus on one of the main ways I experience my connection with nature and the universe, through herbs.

     Before you get excited I'm not talking about getting stoned, I've never done pot and I never plan to, it simply doesn't interest me. The herbs I'm talking about and that interest me are quite literally the garden variety, like sage, basil, pepper and thyme. To increase my own understanding and knowledge of these such herbs and to share my findings with others who are interested in the more spiritual properties of herbs, I've decided to feature and discuss an herb on my blog each week i.e. the Weekly Herb.

     This week I'm going to delve into the herbal history of thyme, mainly because as I am typing this I have no clue about what magical properties thyme is considered to hold.

     A day later.........

Thyme


A little bit of history



   In the Roman era thyme was the favourite herb of emperors as it was believed to protect those who ate it from poison.. The Ancient Egyptians on the other hand reserved thyme as an embalming fluid for those who had already deceased, as they believed that it would guide the spirit on its travels in the afterlife. In the Middle Ages thymes was considered to represent courage and bravery, as such it was held that receiving an sprig of thyme from a fellow soldier held great honour. Soldiers in the Middle Ages also often wore a sprig of thymes when going into battle. Like the Romans and the Ancient Egyptians, the Victorians also held their own beliefs about the properties of thyme. In the forests of Victorian England patches of wild thyme were believed quite staunchly to be the places where faeries has spent the night dancing.

Medical Properties


     The Roman's weren't too far off in evaluating thyme as a medicinal herb, today the active ingredient of thyme called thymol is a strong antiseptic used in mouthwash, hand sanitizer and acne medication.

Magical properties


-Bravery: originates from the Middle Ages
-Courage: "
-Protection: originates from Roman beliefs about poison, and from the 1300's when people used thyme to ward of the Black death
-To invite faeries: originates from the Victorian belief that wild thyme grew where faeries had dance the night before
-Purification and Healing: derived from its medicinal properties
-Psychic Powers: I've come across this property on numerous sites about herbalism but I am unsure about where its association with thyme originated.
-Sleeping: "

Associations


Planets: Venus and Mercury
Element: Water


Sources:

History.com
The Smart Witch

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