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Greek wild thyme and thyme essential oil

We recently went for a walk on Kythnos in the Cyclades in Greece and realised a beautiful scent on the relatively barren hill. On closer inspection we found that in between all the prickly bushes where little shrubs of wild thyme. The aroma was just beautiful. I picked a little bit to use in our cooking and looked it up online when we came back just to make sure I am not going to poison us. It turns out Greece is known for its wild thyme and thyme honey. I made pizza wheels the next day with wild Greek thyme sprinkled through the dough. I just love to utilize plants and their healing & nourishing properties and even better if I can just pick a bit on my walks from the wild.

Back at home in New Zealand I always had a couple of varieties of thyme in the garden. I love to add it to soups, sauces and teas. It has so many culinary uses and a long history as healing herb. Now that we are on our boat and when I don’t happen to have free wild thyme I can also use my essential oils to infuse dishes. I personally would only use doTERRA oils for ingestion / cooking, as lots of other essential oil brands are man made and very low quality.

I looked Thyme up in my books. It turns out the Egyptians used Thyme for embalming and in Greece it has been traditionally used to treat infectious disease.

Thyme has properties to support the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system and the musculoskeletal system. It nourishes skin and hair as well.

Its quite a potent essential oil, so needs to be well diluted, especially for kids. Its best avoided in pregnancy and when having high blood pressure or epilepsy.

Thyme is highly antibacterial, anti fungal, antimicrobial, a great antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic. Thyme can aid concentration, support you when experiencing Fatique to energize you and has uplifting effects.

I love using plant remedies for emotional support as well. My book Essential Emotions says this about Thyme: Its the oil of releasing and forgiving. Is a powerful emotional cleanser , especially for addressing trapped emotions and unresolved negativity. It addresses emotions, that close our hearts, like anger, hate, resentment and rage. It helps us to open our hearts and let go.

After finding the wild thyme I was so taken in by the smell I made myself a body oil with Thyme, Patchouli and Green Mandarin (just a couple of drops each) with almond and apricot kernel oil as the base oil. They are all not oils that I usually in my body oils, I intuitively choose the combination. Every now and then its nice to experiment with something different.

The next day I felt a lot of anger and wondering what caused those feelings I looked up the emotional properties of Thyme and sure enough it deals to anger… I used the body oil again the next day and had a very vivid dream about a traumatic experience with someone I was in love with a long time ago. I will use it for a few more days to see what else comes up. As with any other natural remedies, try not to get to obsessed with one of them. You should always alternate the use of oils. Thyme is a strong oil, so try it for a few days and then give it a break.

Its amazing how often we are intuitively guided towards the plants that help us to peel back the layers and create more well-being within our selves.

How do you use the plant or essential oil Thyme – curious to hear of your experiences.

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Thoughts from the wheel

While I was at the wheel on one of our shake down sails guiding our boat to our destination I started thinking how much of sailing we can relate to life and the other way around. I thought how easily we can kid ourselves that we are in charge, just because we have a steering wheel in our hand – thinking we are in control. There are so many things that could happen and than can change the direction of our journey. As we have experienced just now, the perfect storm swept through before we even untied the lines. The weather can change anytime – we can’t necessarily rely on the weather forecast. We might meet other nice people at an anchorage and stay a few nights longer or we might have to move on early because of weather patterns. Or we might have repairs on the boat or need to stock up on groceries or move to a completely different country to renew a visa. When we planned this journey we planned to start where we pick the boat up. We have a rough idea which countries we want to visit and what our options are, but we didn’t make any plans. As it turns out now they would have been useless anyway.

I don’t know much about sailing yet, but from our few years with our trailer yacht I have experienced it as absolute bliss, really sucky and anything in between – just like life.

The ocean is beautiful, deep, unpredictable, wild, mysterious and whole lot of other things. I haven’t spend all that much time on the ocean, but I love to spend time at beaches or swim in it. Its beauty has always drawn me in, but its wildness, strength, the unimaginable depth and immenseness frightens me at times. I am curious to see how our relationship evolves over the next few months and hopefully years to come.

The ocean can be dead calm and we wish for a bit of wind and movement or sometimes we might just enjoy the calm for a little while and sometimes the wind and rain bobs our boat around on the waves, we might even get frightened and we long for the calm again. Just like life – life is beautiful, deep, unpredictable, wild and a whole lot of other things.

Our boat provides warmth, security, a sense of comfort, a home and maybe sometimes it causes us a whole lot of frustration, because things are not working as we want them to. So are our bodies – they are our homes in this lifetime. Only in the last 5 years have I gained a full sense of appreciation and gratitude for my beautiful body and all it does for me 24/7 for my whole lifetime and how badly I treated it for so many years. I can’t believe it took me so long to figure this out. I have a lot of maintenance to catch up on on my vessel and I have learned to ease the grip on the steering wheel and be more playful and relaxed with the course I set for my journey, which already had several major detours, that I would have never envisaged as my future as young woman. Life is so surprising and spacious and sometimes it sucks, but if I have learned one thing from the bumpy ride so far is that after downs an up is not far away.

I have heard a talk of a swami once at a yoga festival. One of the things he said was, that one of the tricks for a happy life was to ride the waves more elegantly, sail in the right direction, adjust course when needed,  make sure you don’t go out into a storm if you only have a dinghy. If you want to ride bigger waves you need to ideally upgrade your boat so you don’t drown or get shipwrecked in heavy weather.

And most of all even if you are an experienced sailor – never stop learning. I heard Armando say yesterday that he has been into boating for 50 years and he is still learning every day. Another important lesson I learned through my grown up years – the more I learn, the more I realise that I know very little. As a young woman I thought I knew everything. My 13 year old reminds me of that stage ;-).

Wishing you all the best and happy sailing everyone.