Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Folk Names: Common Thyme, Garden
Powers: Health, Healing, Sleep, Psychic Powers, Love, Purification, Courage
The Greeks used Thyme “to make a burnt offering.” In the Middle Ages, Europeans placed it under pillows to promote sleep and ward off nightmares. Women would also give the leaves to knights to bring courage. Thyme was also placed on coffins and burned as incense during funerals to send one into the next life.
Deities: Ares, Fairies, Mars
Element: Water (Dreams, Fidelity, Friendships, Healing, Love, Meditation, Prophetic Dreams, Purification, Sleep)
Planet: Venus (Beauty, Fidelity, Friendships, Good Fortune, Love, Money, youth)
Magical and Ritual Uses:
- To stop nightmares or have prophetic dreams: Place beneath your pillow, or burn on charcoal and take in the aroma. (it is also great for meditation)
- For Money: Plant THYME in the garden. Fold a dollar bill around THYME leaves, then fold again to make a packet, tie it up, and bury it on a full moon at the middle of a crossroads.
- Growing various types of THYME: Encourages the devas to be lively.
- To see Fairies: Carry in a amulet or sachet.
- Money-Protection: Combine THYME, MINT, and BAYBERRY.
- For purification: Burn prior to a ritual to cleanse the area. In spring, make a cleansing bath composed of MARJORAM and THYME to ensure all the sorrows and ills of the past are removed.
- THYME is also carried and smelled to give courage and energy.
- For good health: Thyme is burned or worn in an amulet. It is excellent in healing spells.
- It is also used to communicate with friends and relatives who have passed. THYME can be a most useful on SAMHAIN.
- Catherine Yronwode: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
- Paul Beyerl: A Compendium of Herbal Magick
- Paul Huson: Mastering Herbalism: A Practical Guide
- Scott Cunningham: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of magical herbs