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Herbal Gathering Thyme March-April 2015

Posted by Brad on April 1, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Spring Thyme on the Farm!

What’s planted in the heart

is rooted in the soul.

So let God’s Message be the start

for all the learning that you know!!

Thyme Began in the Garden

Yes, it is soon spring time, so enjoy all the wonderful Scents God has created for you with so many flowers and herbs. “A Symphony of Scents” When you think of a symphony you think of several musical instruments combined to make a musical composition. That can take your mind on a journey to a peaceful place. I think God created flowers and herbs to give us a symphony for our senses. Combining so many flowers and herbs to take us on a journey thru our scent and sight. So take the thyme to stop and Smell the Roses along with so many other wonderful scents this spring, and let yourself imagine a peaceful place to spend time with our Amazing Creator!

Thyme- in the language of “Flower Meaning”- Thyme means courage and sacrifice.

This isn’t hard to understand once you read accounts in ancient history about thyme and what it was used for. The name Thyme comes from the Greek word Thumos and or the Latin word Fumus. Both mean to smoke which might be due to it’s use in sacrifices or because of it’s fragrant odor, also tied to the word fumigate.


*Egyptians used thyme for embalming, Roman soldiers used to bath in thyme water because it was thought to give them strength along with courage. It was also considered to have many healing properties, a tea made from thyme was believed to help relieve depression, and avoid nightmares. Greeks along with other knights of the middle ages wore scarves embroidered with a sprig of thyme, or a bee hovering above a sprig of thyme.

*Thyme oil was once prescribed for use as an inhalant to treat consumption. A Finish Doctor wrote about the effectiveness of thyme in combating whooping cough, by using fresh thyme with a little syrup to conquer the symptoms within 2-3 days and completely expel the disease within 2 weeks.

*Thymol, a primary component of thyme oil is valued for its disinfecting properties, as an affective treatment for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, as an inhalant to treat septic sore throat associated with scarlet fever, and also in aiding treatment of ringworm. The disinfecting properties of thyme is said to be up to 12 times as powerful as carbolic acid.

*The Romans cooked with thyme and used it medicinally. It was recommended as a remedy for someone suffering from epilepsy. They would be relaxed and calm, after sleeping in a bed that was sprinkled with thyme. It was also prescribed to boil thyme in vinegar to use as a headache remedy. Thyme was burned outside houses to keep dangerous snakes away and was given as an antidote for snake bites. In the Middle Ages, St Hildegarde prescribed thyme for plague and paralysis, leprosy and body lice. Thyme was a strewing herb in Britain, and was included in the posies carried by judges and kings to protect them from disease in public. 

*Thyme was prescribed in cases of asthma, depression and respiratory infections, and for chronic coughs.

Thyme oil was used, along with clove, lemon and chamomile essential oils, as a disinfectant and antiseptic in hospitals until the First World War. As it could kill yellow fever organisms. It was sprayed on the clothes of soldiers during the Crimean War in Russia, to protect against disease and lice.

*Pliny a Roman writer says in his Natural History (77 A.D./C.E.) that burning wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum) would yield a perfume that would chase away snakes; *Burning is also said to get rid of fleas and flying insects from the house. Hanging fresh sprigs of thyme leaves to dry in the closet, or little muslin bags of the dried leaves (along with the leaves of lavender, Santolina), will repel moths from clothing. *Some claims are said, that a strong tea made of the leaves of thyme and rosemary “ will darken the hair and keep it soft and silky as well as free the scalp of dandruff.”

Thyme Essential


Description: Thyme oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and flower tops. It is fatty and thick, and the smell is pleasant, reminiscent of the fresh plant. The color can be red or white depending, it was once thought, on whether the plant used was white or red thyme, but it has been proven that it is not the color of the plant that influences the color of the oil. A couple of things I have found claim the difference is created by; (1) —It was said because of the type of container in which the oil was distilled. In poorer countries, metallic containers are used, and these oxidate when in contact with the oil, turning it red. In other countries more expensive onyx containers are used, which do not react with the oil and so it retains its natural white color. It is not known how the therapeutic value of thyme oil is affected by the oxidation. (2) I have never distilled thyme so I’m going on what I have read about the distillation of thyme. The red thyme is said to be the first distillation of the thyme oil resulting in red thyme oil, the most available of the thyme oils. A redistillation of the red thyme oil results in white or clear thyme oil which is the preferred grade of thyme oil. This could be related back to the poorer countries as to why the oil is red not necessarily because of the way it was distilled but because it would be more expensive to distill it twice.

The principal constituents: 25 – 40 percent thymol and carvacrol, with borneol, cineol, linalool, menthane, p-cymene, pinene and triterpenic acid.

Dangers: essential oil of thyme comes from the south of France, Spain, Israel and North Africa. Since the disaster at Chernobyl, it is best to use the white Israeli version because of fears about the radioactive content of thyme plants.

Although many Western countries and many plants were affected by fallout, it seems to have “fixed” more in thyme than other herbs. Despite this, many Western producers continue to sell oils for therapy, so it is doubly important to be sure of the origin of any oil you buy.

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There are some recipes on the recipe page also!!

Thanks Lisa

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