Ah, Zephyrus! art here, and Flora too!
Ye tender bibbers of the rain and dew,
Young playmates of the rose and daffodil,
Be careful, ere ye enter in, to fill
Your baskets high
With fennel green, and balm, and golden pines,
Savory, latter-mint, and columbines,
Cool parsley, basil sweet, and sunny thyme;
Yea, every flower and leaf of every clime,
All gather’d in the dewy morn: hie
Away! fly, fly!
— Keats – Endymion
You’ll find mention of herbs woven through history and literature. Since ancient times we’ve known of their healing properties.
Terrifying legends, poetry, songs, and verses tell the tale of our connection with these powerful allies. There was a time when most households kept a herb garden and knew how to forage for wild culinary and medicinal herbs. We would be well served to embrace this timeless tradition and cultivate our own natural medicine.
I’ll tell you a secret that everyone with an herb garden knows; growing herbs in itself is a therapeutic practice. One only needs to brush their hand against the leaves, catch the mingling scents in the air or carry a bundle of hand-picked herbs to the kitchen to understand why our ancestors loved them so.
The fact is, we rely too much on health items that have been imported, packaged in fancy bottles, promising this or that for our health. Not only is it more sustainable to use the plants that grow in our backyard, but the herbs that you grow are also fresh thus more potent, and retain an indefinable part of their quintessential essence.
Most culinary herbs can be used to make salves, balms, oxymels, tinctures and other beautiful herb infused products that nourish the body naturally. Once such herb is thyme, a plant renound for it’s antibacterial properties.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) also know as Garden Thyme, Thym Vulgaire
There are more than three hundred varieties of thyme, the most common one being Thymus vulgaris. Wild thyme (Thymus serpillum) and Citrus thyme (Thymes citriodorus) are also widely used.
Thyme is a small garden herb whos uses date back to ancient times. Its primary essential oil thymol is commonly used as a disinfectant and an antiseptic in modern-day remedies. In the culinary world, it pairs beautifully with sage and rosemary. We infuse thyme in oil, and this infusion is used to make a variety of products. One of my favorites is thyme & lavender anti-bacterial herbal salve.
Thyme: anti-septic, anti-helminthic, anti-viral, antibacterial, astringent, expectorant, spasmolytic, anti-fungal
Lavender: anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-depressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, calmative, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative.
Thyme & Lavender Herbal Salve
The first step in making a slave is infusing oil with herbs. Herbal oil infusions are easy!
One book I recommend to beginners is Medicinal Herbs: A Beginners Guide by Rosemary Gladstar. My copy is well worn. Once you dive into this book, you’ll be unstoppable when it comes to mixing magic with herbs.
- 1 cup (240 ml)
- Thyme infused olive oil
- 1/4 cup (60 g) beeswax
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops thyme essential oil
- In a double boiler or a heatproof bowl nestled on top of the pot, add a few cups of water to the pot. Bring the water to a simmer over medium heat. Place the heat proof bowl over the pot and add the infused oil and beeswax.
- Stir until the beeswax melts and is fully incorporated.
- Remove from the heat, Add the essential oils. Stir well to combine.
- Pour the salve into clean and sterilized jars. Allow to cool before affixing the lids.
Store the salve in a cool dark location, and it should last a long time (a year or longer). Store excess jars in the refrigerator.
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