Origin: Southern Europe
Scientific Name: Thymus vulgaris
Parts used: Herb
Magical Properties: Health, clairvoyance, purification, love, courage
Thyme was burned in temples in Ancient Greece in order to purify the space.
It was also rumoured that brushing thyme across your eyes and wearing it would enable one to see faeries.
- Wear a sprig of thyme to a funeral to protect against others' negative emotions.
- Stuff a pillow sachet with thyme to bring restful sleep protected from nightmares.
- Burn thyme as an incense to purify magical spaces.
- Welcome the energy of spring by bathing with thyme and marjoram.
Part Used: Herb
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 60°C
Scent Type: Herbaceous
Perfume Note: Middle/top
Scent Description: Herbaceous, slightly sweet scent
Blends well with: citrus, lavender, rosemary, and pine.
- Avoid during pregnancy.
- Not safe for use for folks with epilepsy/seizure disorders or high blood pressure.
- May cause skin irritation and sensitisation, dilute double for topical application.
There are roughly 350 species in the genus of Thymus, native to temperate regions in Europe, North Africa and Asia.
Plant Height: up to 40cm
Stems: Thin, wiry stems
Leaves: Small, oval leaves, arranged oppositely
Flowers: Small clusters of white, yellow, or pink/purple flowers
In the Garden
Type: Perennial ground-cover
Light: Full sun
Water: Keep slightly moist
Companion Planting: Strawberry, cabbage
- Thyme can be fairly short-lived, but is easy to propagate from cuttings.
- Drench with a water-soluble plant food a month after planting.