Thyme The Magical Herb- My Entry Into The Plant Medicine Challenge
Nature has always provided us with what we need. We only have to look around in order to see that. But we also need to know what we are looking at, we need to be able to identify the plants that grow around us. So many of us have lost that knowledge and as a result the very plants that can heal us are ignored and labelled weeds.
Unless of course they are culinary herbs, then we all take notice. We have such an obsession with food, with taste, that we place more value on that, than on the actual nutritional value of what we are ingesting. People are willing to pay a lot of money to satisfy their taste buds, yet their health goes unchecked.
So many medicinal plants are destroyed daily, in order to create spaces that are appeasing to the eye.
Thyme is one of those plants that are identified as a culinary herb, it is used in a lot of recipes and I use it myself to cook with. Common thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)is the one used in most conventional cooking, but I am surrounded by wild thyme (Thymus Praeco)up here in the mountains, so it is this variety that I use, both for cooking and medicinal and spiritual reasons.
Indeed thyme is beneficial to the throat, mouth and stomach and it is antifungal. It can be taken as an infusion or made into a tincture. I could go into more detail about the many benefits it has for physical ailments, but today I wish to talk more about the many benefits it has for us spiritually and emotionally.
In simpler terms, I mean the ways in which it can aid us in personal growth. Each plant has it's own vibration or personality and this is the healing energy of the plant. This energy that each plant holds, works alongside our own energy and helps us in aiding our own healing. It is important to remember that we need to work with the plant, nothing in healing is linear, as with all things in nature everything happens in cycles and for us to benefit we need to be proactive. Medicinal plants are here to aid us and deepen our connection to the earth.
There are times in all our lives when we could do with some gentle assistance, with some gentle guidance. I have always turned to nature to support me in my healing. From a young age, it was to the wilds I went for support and to feel nurtured. I have always felt a huge connection to the trees and plants that surrounded me and would naturally munch on wild flowers and herbs. So using plants for healing has always been my way.
Thyme is used to help us connect with the warrior within. To help us find courage when we are feeling weak and overwhelmed. I have been feeling like this of late, indeed there was a time where one would carry thyme around with them to help the overcome grief. To help lift their spirits.
There is so much wild thyme in the mountains that surround me and along the track .that runs next to the land I live on. I feel it call to me and indeed I have been carrying some with me. I love the smell of it and it does indeed help to clear my mind. Because I am aware of it's magic, it is easy for me to draw strength from it. This herb, that is a gift from the earth, reminding me of my connection, aiding me in my healing journey, a journey of transformation.
Indeed if you find yourself in need of some courage, you would do well to collect some earth, some thyme and some borage and put them in a pouch to carry around with you. Of course with this new found courage, you will gain in self confidence and that in itself will bring so many more positive aspects into your life.
For this same reason thyme is used in herb pillows to aid sleep, and also to bring forth courage in order to overcome nightmares. You can put some sprigs of it under your pillow.
Thyme also helps to open up the doors of communication and in aids you with creative expression. It is really beneficail o make an infusion and drink it daily. I like to use thyme alongside sage as a smudge stick as it removes nagative energy and aids us in releasing sorrows from our past.
When you look at the plant itself you can see it is a very hardy and strong, it doesn't require a lot of water and can survive in harsh conditions. From this we can see how it helps us in gaining strength and courage, and inner purpose, how it helps us to move forward and grow no matter what the circumstances.