This is one of my favorite herbs. You can find it growing in patches all through my yard it makes an excellent ground cover. I have Mother of Thyme and common Thyme planted near the back door, Lemon Thyme[planted near the outdoor seating and eating area] At the edges of my small herb garden I mixed several varieties English, French, and lemon. I found these to be the best for cooking. Thyme is a very versatile plant and a herb garden staple. I even keep one in a pot to have it available in winter.
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic and carminative
The volatile essential oils in thyme are packed with anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-rheumatic, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties. Thyme is a great immune system booster that encourages white blood cell formation while increasing resistance to foreign organisms. Thyme can be used as an infusion to treat any kind of chest malady, The infusion is made with an ounce of the dried herb placed in a pint of boiling water and then sweetened with honey. When used as a tea it relieves flatulence and calms the stomach. the tea will also calm the nerves and is a good remedy for headaches.
Zodiac: Taurus and Libra
magickal uses: clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, courage, divination, dreams, exorcism, faeries, happiness, healing, love, money, prevents nightmares, protection, psychic development, purification.
When used as an incense dried thyme promotes good health for your entire house hold.It is burned to purify an area,and used in healing spells. Placed beneath the pillow it promotes restful sleep. When worn thyme helps with developing of psychic powers. Thyme carried on your person gives courage. Adding a thyme tea to your bathwater help you to release the past and fills you with a sense of inner peace and love. Wear a bit of thyme around your neck to attract love.
Cooking with Thyme
Garlic Thyme Butter
¾ tsp. water
¼ tsp. Thyme
1 tsp. Garlic
½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
Combine water, thyme and garlic. Stir in butter and serve or chill for later use. Use in place of plain butter on garlic bread, baked potatoes, pasta and more.