In legend it was said any place where thyme grew wild is a place blessed by faeries and if a potion was made with wild thyme you were afforded direct communication and council with the faerie kingdom!
The origin of thyme’s name around 3000BCE, in Greek was ‘thumus’ and in Latin ‘fumus’. Fumus literally means smoke, which made thyme an active smudging tool in ritual during this period. For Greeks thyme was an emblem of bravery, strength and vigor- used in the bathhouse to wash soldiers before battle and its oil was massaged into their skin specifically promote these virtues. While thyme was associated with courage in men, for woman, when a sprig was worn in her hair became a sign of elegance, cleanliness and refinement.
Thyme is a close relative to the mint family. It has antiseptic qualities, which have been recognized since time of antiquity, making it a powerful remedy for colds, flus, congestion, sore throat, spasmodic and whooping coughs. It’s also commonly used for acute chronic respiratory afflictions such as asthma. Thyme has been used for thousands of years as a powerful aid for nightmares when consumed as a tea or tincture just before bed. When bees make nectar from thyme flowers, the honey becomes a powerful medicine when treating any of the above ailments. Thyme has a stimulating and relaxing effect so it’s a wonderful and safe plant to balance homeostasis in our body.
Thyme is most powerful in its essential oil form. Because of it’s warming and spicy qualities can burn when applied neat, so always dilute with a carrier oil when applying directly to the skin.