This small aromatic plant is so charming and full of useful properties that I know you will easily fall in love with it – just as much as I have. It was believed even since ancient times that this delicate herb is powerful enough to protect your home and everyone inside it. When I visit this herb in my kitchen garden, I immediately feel safe and secure.
Thyme signifies strength, so before going into battle, soldiers in ancient Rome would take thyme baths—believing that it would give them extra courage. During the middle ages, young maidens would embroider the scarf of her beloved with thyme before he set off to war, hoping it would protect him and bring him back home alive. There is even an ancient ritual of wearing an amulet with thyme twigs—giving that person courage and allowing him to see the world of the fairies. This plant produces tiny flowers that are purple, lavender or mauve – which are mentioned in old legends as delightful, small fairies.
Thyme, a member of the mint family, can grow up to 30cm (12”) and retains its flavor really well while cooking. I like to add thyme to vegetable dishes I slow cook in the oven. My favorite cheese cookies are with thyme, and it is an excellent herb that can give a surprisingly vigorous taste to dishes with beetroot.
However, not only does it protect others from bad breath, but it can also protect you from bad and evil spirits. In ancient legends, medieval witches and wizards would create a thyme beverage which would help them transport into other worlds to fight off evil curses. This magical herb takes about 30 days to fully grow in the NATUFIA KitchenGarden. Once it is fully grown, you can cut as many branches as you need for food or tea – and who knows, maybe you will even be visited by little fairies.This herb retains its fragrance well while drying, so it is used in potpourri, sweet sachets and herb pillows. I use the fresh or dried leaves to make tea when I have a cough or feel a cold beginning to develop. It can even be used to treat bronchitis and it helps to heal an upset stomach. I am very grateful for this graceful plant, because it was ready to help every time my children got sick. The essential oil contains thymol, which is an antiseptic and a disinfectant used in deodorants, toothpaste, mouthwashes and gargles to protect others from offensive odors.
About the Author:
KRISTA KAUR, MSc
Krista holds a Master of Science and is an author of seven books on topics like biodiversity, ethnobotany and the environmental impact of agriculture. With over 20 years of experience as a botanist, she thrives off of making others feel empowered, connected, and inspired by nature. At NATUFIA Labs, Krista is busy testing new and exotic seeds—experimenting with LED lights and their effect on garden growth, taste and aroma. If you have questions regarding anything to do with plants—Krista is the one with answers. She is thrilled to share her knowledge with the rest of the world.
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