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Thyme, common, Thymus vulgaris L.

Some herbs are well-known  because they appear in every spice rack. Thyme is one of them. Originally it was mainly used in the cuisines of the countries around the Mediterranean, but nowadays it is a commonly used kitchen herb. What is less known is that thyme is also a very powerful medicinal and magical herb.

Healing properties of thyme, Thymus vulgaris

The most famous medicinal effect is that on the airways, both the upper and lower respiratory tract. The effect of thyme on the respiratory tract is so broad and powerful that it is often considered the preferred plant for this type of disease. But it is also a very good herb to help digestion. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is a popular seasoning, since our bodies probably ask for it regularly. There’s more to be told though, so do read the rest of the monograph to get the whole picture.

Magical effects of thyme

Magically, thyme is also often used in sympathetic medicine. In addition, she is known for her repelling and purifying properties, which have a broad spectrum of application, and for her assisting role in divination.

Botanical description Common thyme, Thymus vulgaris L.

Thyme has a dense root ball consisting of thin roots. The lower part of the central branch is woody and looks like a small trunk from which the stems grow, partly laterally, with small upright branches, which is why the plant runs somewhat. Every year the old stems become woody and will have new upward twigs growing out from them. The stems are strongly branched and have decussate, lanceolate green leaves, at most 1.5 cm long with a deep midrib. The leaves are aromatic, slightly leathery and revolute at the edges. They are the parts of the plant which are often used for cooking.
The tiny flowers are numerous and grow in racemes from the leaf axils of the upper leaves. The flowers themselves are white, pink or lilac tubular florets with a three-lobed upper lip and a two-lobed lower lip and 4 stamens. Like many other types of thyme, they produce a lot of nectar which is why bees love it. The schizocarp that comes after flowering is quadrilocular and produces 4 brown, oval seeds.

Interesting facts

For magical use, real thyme and wild thyme can be used interchangeably. Medicinally, common thyme is stronger than wild thyme, but red thyme (Thymus zygis) is equally useful medicinally.
Traditionally, thyme was considered a holy plant, she was often used in temples of goddesses in particular, either in the form of an incense offering or in the form of a wreath to be left behind.

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