Being so common as a culinary herb, Thyme is often overlooked as a traditional ingredient for many minor complaints. Recognising this plant's potential Indigo Herbs brings you this lovely aromatic herb in the form of Thyme Leaf Tea, Thyme Tincture, Thyme Essential Oil and Thyme capsules to enjoy all its beneficial qualities. Not only can this ingredient be considered traditionally medicinal, it also has many interesting esoteric and magical uses that were prevalent throughout ancient Europe.
Thyme was used by the Egyptians as part of the embalming procedure to mummify the dead whereas the ancient Greeks used to burn the herb to purify their temples. This directly links with the meaning of the common name in Greek was ‘thymos’, meaning smoke or spirit. Among other attributes given to Thyme was the property of giving someone courage which was also a given character of the plant in medieval England. During the medieval period maidens would present scarves embroidered with the pattern of Thyme to their favourite knights so they wouldn't be over come with fear in battle. It was the Romans though who popularised this herb throughout Europe for its culinary uses. Other interesting esoteric characteristics include putting a sprig of Thyme under ones pillow to ward off nightmares and putting the herb in a coffin to confer the spirit swiftly to the next life.
Being a very small plant Thyme is well suited to being a ground cover herb with species being very low and spreading. Generally they grow to a height of around 8 inches in height and have small white to purple flowers. It is extremely aromatic with many of the species being bred for different tastes. These can especially be seen in the case of Lemon Thyme.