If you or one of your loved ones happens to come down with a cold or the flu, and an accompanying cough, you’ll be happy to have this simple recipe on hand to help soothe the throat and alleviate the bothersome cough. It’s a simple syrup, both in ingredients (most of us have them at home already), and in preparation. Can’t ask for more than that for an at home healing remedy!
Thymol, the volatile oil found in thyme, is antiseptic, antibiotic, and has expectorant properties. It is often found in conventional cough syrups. German medical herbalist Rudolph Fritz Weiss, M.D. says this of thyme: “Thyme is to the trachea (windpipe) and bronchia what peppermint is to the stomach and intestines”
- 1 Cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme or 4 tablespoons fresh thyme
- ½ cup raw, organic honey
- Pour boiling water over the thyme, cover and steep for 20 minutes
- Strain thyme out of the water
- Add honey
- Warm the tea over low heat to dissolve the honey, if necessary
- Store in a glass bottle with cap or cork
- Take 1 tsp as often as needed
* This syrup should keep for a several weeks if stored in the refrigerator, or other cold, dark location.