Plant Wisdom: Thyme

Image: Maia Toll's Herbiary

The plant which revealed itself for today's Plant Wisdom blog post is Thyme (Thymus vulgaris). There are many different types of Thyme but Thymus vulgaris is the one most of us have seen or smelled in a garden or bed.

Thyme is an unassuming little herb, with delicate small leaves and pretty little flowers in the summer but if you touch Thyme, her scent reflects the power of this wonderful plant. It is strong and pungent, and a little goes a long way. She is purifying, encouraging us to return to who we really are, our true selves, without the distractions that can we can so often become entangled in, preventing us from seeing the wood from the trees..

Common Uses

Thyme is a powerful antiseptic and the ancient Egyptians used it for embalming - even today it is still used for preservation. As a powerful purifier, when burning Thyme to cleanse a room, her scent will be lingering long after she has gone. Thyme is often used for coughs, colds and sore throats, and this aligns with her powerful spirit medicine too.

Spirit Medicine

I have always found Thyme to be a herb of expression, supporting the throat chakra in helping us to verbally express what we really feel, who we really are. She is the herb of cutting through the 'gunk' - both medicinally for cattarh and for clear verbal, self expression. Thyme helps us navigate our way through the often confusing maze of life, helping us to dispel those things that may hinder our self discovery. Her scent is one of courage, inspiring us to find our path by banishing fear, apathy and a lack of confidence. Call on Thyme only when you are ready to burn away all that lies between you and your true spirit.


This post is intended for information purposes only and not medical advice - please visit the terms page for more details . Please seek advice from a medical professional and, if you are considering herbal medicine, please consult a professional Herbalist.

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