Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme Do They Have Medicinal Benefits

Todays blog idea is thanks to the British Television show Rosemary and Thyme. I started singing the song which made me think about the plants.

Do they have medicinal benefits? What are the traditional uses and beliefs?

Parsley Medicinal Benefits and Lore

Medicinally parsley is:

  • Anti Microbial
  • Anti Spasmodic
  • Anti Rheumatic
  • Laxative
  • Diuretic
  • Carminative

The volatile oils in parsley are what qualify it as a chemoprotective food. 


Parsley has always been associated with death and dying.  It has been used to decorate tombs and those close to death were said to be ”in need of some parsley”.  At one time it was dedicated to the goddess Persephone the Goddess of Spring and the underworld.

Sage in lore and Medicine

According to Organic Facts some of sages modern uses are 

  • boosts cognition
  • antioxidant
  • skin care
  • digestion
  • anti-inflammatory


Tradition has it that using Sage on your hair will darken it if it is turning grey.  This is best for the brunettes in the group.  Simply combine 2 cups of boiling water to 1/2 cup sage and steep until cool.  Use the rinse on your hair every day.  The results will begin to show in 2 weeks to a month.

Sage has positive implications for business. If the plant withered the business was failing, if the plant was thriving the business was thriving also.  

Rosemary for Remembrance and More

A lot of information on Rosemary can be found on my previous blogs here and here.

Medicinally it is good for

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Protects and prevents brain aging
  • Cancer
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Alopecia

Traditional Beliefs

One of the main traditional uses for rosemary was for remembrance.  Greek students often wore garlands of rosemary and it was also used at funerals for remembrance of the dead.

Smelling rosemary helps you remember data.  Use it for studying. I can personally attest to this.  While studying for my exams I always place rosemary on a hankie and sniff it.  I also take a hankie (tissue) with rosemary oil into any exam to both relax and remind me.

Thyme Medicinal Benefits

Thyme is amazing as 

  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • antiseptic
  • anti cough
  • antifungal
  • antioxidant

You can read more on my previous blog about thyme.

Thyme Lore

There is some discussion about the origin of the name thyme.  Some believe that it is from the ancient Greek word “thymos” which means to fumigate.  It is also speculated that it may derive from the Greek word “thumus” or courage.

 The Romans and Greeks used thyme as incense.  The Romans believed that it made their offerings more acceptable to their Gods.  Thyme is a favourite of bees and bees make honey, therefore, since honey is a favourite of the Gods this made thyme an important herb.

Beds of thyme are favoured playgrounds of fairies.




Medical News Today

Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Marlowe & Company New York