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7 Terrific Thyme Smudge Stick Benefits

I love the aroma of thyme in a smudge stick! It’s slightly spicy, kind of leathery, and just really herby and beautiful. Plus it’s packed full of a whole load of benefits!

I’ve been smudging using thyme for years now, and I’ve come to learn that there are at least 7 benefits of doing so, including:

  1. It promotes good physical and mental health
  2. Cleansing and purifying the air
  3. Encourages sleep quality
  4. Helps meditation and mindfulness
  5. Stimulates creativity
  6. Traditionally seen to attract prosperity
  7. It repels insects

In this post, I’ll discuss these 7 benefits, and give you all the details about the healing, and cleansing properties of thyme.

Thyme bushes in soil in a garden border
Thyme has been used for millennia to purify the air and cleanse the sick

7 Thyme Smudge Stick Benefits

Here’s a list of ways in which thyme smudge sticks can positively affect your space, possessions, and overall well-being:

1. Promotes Good Mental and Physical Health

Let’s get a little historical for a moment.

In ancient times, Greeks burned thyme in sickrooms and hospitals to stop the spread of diseases, clear the air, and provide strength and courage.

And it wasn’t just the Greeks! The Romans also have a history of using thyme to increase energy, reduce unhappiness, and prevent nightmares.

A more modern method of using thyme for health and healing is through aromatherapy.

This process involves using aromatic materials, such as burning thyme, to provide respiratory disinfection and decongestion, and improve physical and mental well-being.

Scientific studies reveal the ability of relaxing fragrances to reduce stress and aid memory.

In the same way, the comforting scent of burning thyme can boost brain power and alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. 

2. Cleanses Spaces and Eliminates Negative Energy

Did you know that thyme originates from the Greek word thymos, which means to fumigate?

That’s right, one of the ancient purposes of burning thyme is to purify spaces from negative vibes and unwanted energy.

Use your thyme smudge sticks to cleanse your new home, apartment, or even yourself of spiritual impurities, unpleasant experiences, disagreements, and traumatic events. 

You can also purify objects, such as gifts, new purchases, and unfamiliar items. Antiques and vintage objects with negative histories are good candidates, too, as smudging can help clear the previous owner’s energy.

I use a thyme smudge stick to really mark an occasion.

3. Enhances Sleep Quality

Aromatherapy has a scientifically proven positive effect on daytime drowsiness and sleep disorders, including insomnia. 

Thyme is one of the most common scents for aromatherapy.

The simple act of lighting a thyme smudge stick in the afternoon can leave a lingering scent that can significantly improve your sleep quality, promote calmness of mind, and provide a good night’s rest.

Since burning thyme is a fire hazard, remember to smudge safely! Use a fire-safe bowl to catch ashes, and never leave your smudge stick unattended.

4. Encourages Meditation and Mindfulness

When burned, thyme smudge sticks fill the room with a divine and uplifting aroma, creating a spiritual environment that’s conducive to meditation and mindfulness. 

Though my own smudging is not linked in any way to religion, in Catholicism, the smoke of incense symbolizes purification, sanctification, and an offering to the Creator. Believers interpret the rising smoke as prayers that are being lifted to heaven.

Similarly, there are several smudging prayers, mantras, and guided meditations used specifically when burning sacred herbs, such as thyme.

Though I link my personal smudging more to mindfulness, I can see how the sacred aura of thyme has developed down the centuries.

A bundle of thyme lain on a table top
A bundle of thyme ready to wound with string and dried out

5. Stimulates Creativity

Are you feeling stuck or uninspired while working on a new project?

Whack out the thyme and set that baby alight!

The aromatic and refreshing scent of thyme smudge sticks may be able to lift your mood, clear your mind, and get your creative juices flowing again! 

Several studies have revealed the positive effect of fragrances on spontaneous brain activities and working capacity. 

There’s also a recent study that explains how nostalgic childhood scents increase creativity, so if you grew up smelling thyme, now’s the time to burn some! 

6. Attracts Prosperity and Fertility

This one is a little more subjective! But bear with me.

The traditional process of smudging typically begins with clearing your mind and setting your personal intentions for a particular space, object, or person. These intentions can be about your family, fertility, and finances, among others.

Additionally, smudging with thyme can be a spiritual way of welcoming blessings and inviting positive energy to flow through your space.

Thyme is said to have powerful wealth-attracting capabilities and can be grown as a money-attracting plant as well. I can’t say there’s any scientific truth behind this, but it would be nice if it was true!!

7. Purifies the Air and Repels Insects

Thyme is one of the many herbs that possess antibacterial properties, and the act of burning medicinal herbs has been scientifically proven to reduce airborne bacteria. 

On top of that, thyme smudge sticks are excellent natural air fresheners that effectively neutralize bad odors. 

The strong scent of burning thyme may seem refreshing to you, but did you know that its distinctive smell effectively repels insects?

Best Herbs for Smudging

Using thyme really is jus the tip of a beautiful and monumental iceberg! 

Here’s a quick guide on some of the most popular and powerful smudging herbs, with the benefits that they provide:

Smudging HerbBenefits
SageHealing and blessing capabilitiesRemoves negativity from spaces
CedarProtects people, objects, and places from unwanted spirits and influencesCommonly used when moving into a new home or apartment
ThymeRemoves obstacles and mental blocksBoosts mood and memory
LavenderEnhances sleep and relaxationPromotes peace of mind
RosemarySoothes and invigorates the mindProtects the body from illnesses and inflammation
Palo SantoEnergy cleansing and deep healingAttracts prosperity
LemongrassEncourages clarity of mind and sharpens focusOpens doors to new opportunities
Bay leavesBrings positive energy and calms the environmentRelieves anxiety and increases mindfulness
MugwortStrengthens intuitive abilitiesPurifies the space and dispels bad energy
FrankincenseCleanses the soul and deepens the spiritual connectionUplifts the mood and eases depression and stress

Wrapping Up

Knowing the unique properties and benefits of each smudging herb will help you choose the one that best resonates with your intentions.

There are countless options to choose from, so don’t hesitate to try several herbs or combine herbs to produce your own scent.

Hopefully, this list of 7 thyme smudge stick benefits has enlightened you on the wonders of this powerful herb. Regardless of which herb you choose, remember to practice smudging with a sense of appreciation, respect, and gratitude to the people who began this sacred tradition.


  • Kaylee Vaughn

    Kaylee is the Founder of She has set up and run two homesteads, a one-acre in Idaho, and her current two-acre dream homestead in the Pacific North West. Her qualifications include a Permaculture Design Certification from Oregon State University, and she is a Gardenary Certified Garden Coach. Kaylee currently produces at least 80% of her own food. She contributes to our site through articles, training and coaching to our clients. You can read more about her at