Plants & Herbs 101: Sage, Thyme



Scientific Name: Salvia Officinalis


Common or Folk name: Sage


Plant Family:  Labiatae


Origin & Environment: Native of Spain along the Mediterranean coast.


Maximum Size: 1 – 3ft


Common Uses:  Sage is used internally to treat indigestion and flatulence. It is also used to reduce excessive lactation in nursing mothers and night sweats (especially in menopause), anxiety, depression, female sterility. It also has supportive properties for the liver and is used to boost the functionality of the liver. Sage is also used for insect bites, throat, mouth, gum and skin infections.


Health Hazzards: Sage is LIKELY SAFE in amounts typically used in foods. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in medicinal amounts short-term (up to 4 months).



Spiritual Ussage: Sage is used to promote wisdom and bring in good luck. It builds emotional strength and may help to heal grief. Sage is associated with protection and the granting of wishes.






Scientific Name: Thymus Vulgaris


Common or Folk name:  Thyme


Plant Family:  Lamiaceae


Origin & Environment:  Thyme is indigenous to the Mediterranean region and cultivated widely.


Maximum Size: 25 cm in height.


Common Uses:  It is a warming herb that is astringent, aromatic, anti-septic, and anti-fungal. It helps to improve digestion, relax spasms and controls coughing. Thyme can be used for tonsillitis and gum diseases. It is used as a tonic for hair and to help treat dandruff and hair loss.


Health Hazzards: 

Thyme may be too strong for many people externally, so caution is advised. Some people have demonstrated sensitivity to the essential oil, so patch tests are appropriate.

The herb is often recommended by herbalists for the aid of children, however, it should not be given to children unless as prescribed by a professional.

Although it is safe to use thyme as a seasoning during pregnancy, high dosages should be avoided since it is a uterine stimulant.


Spiritual Ussage: Thyme is bound to Venus and Air.  As with many herbs, it can be burned as a purifier, and inhaling the burning scent is thought to enhance psychic powers and renew energy.  Burn it in the home to banish evil and to purify the home or a specific room.






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