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.........
A little bit of history
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.
-Bravery: originates from the Middle Ages
-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.
Planets: Venus and Mercury
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