THYME TEA & COLD SYRUP
I’m lucky enough to have a second mom who’s a nurse and has taught me a lot of natural home remedies. That’s why when I’m sick I always tend to use herbal remedies, and homemade Thyme Tea is one of them. It’s a natural medicinal plant filled with beneficial properties. Thyme is antibacterial and anti-fungal, it’s also rich in antioxidants. It’s a natural diuretic and appetite stimulant, plus it has high levels of Vitamin C and A. Adding thyme to your meals or drinking it as a tea is great for those suffering from high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Some studies show thyme even has cancer fighting properties, such as Carvacol, which has anti-tumor properties. It’s also known for boosting our mood, as it stimulates serotonin and dopamine levels.
Thyme is commonly used for Bronchitis, coughs (whooping coughs), colic, stomach pain (indigestion, gastritis), flatulence, parasitic worms and many skin disorders. In addition, thyme oil is a very powerful natural remedy for sore throats. You can use pure thyme essential oil to relieve sore throats (make sure it is pure organic thyme oil).
- Bring 1 cup of water to boil in a kettle or saucepan & remove from heat.
- Add 1 tsp of Thyme (fresh or dried) and infuse while covered for 15 mins.
- You can drain the tea if desired. Add Lemon juice and honey to taste.
Note: You can store this tea in your refrigerator for up to a week. The measurements here are for 1 cup of tea. If you wish to make a larger batch in one try, use 1 tsp per 1 cup (2 tsp for 2 cups of water, etc.)
Thyme Cough Syrup
- Fresh or dried Thyme
- 1 Cup Organic Honey
- 2 Cups Water
- Bring 2 cups of water to boil and remove from heat.
- Add 3 Tbsp fresh or dried thyme and let it sit for 10 to 15 mins.
- Drain the water. Add 1 cup of organic honey and whisk until it’s blended smoothly.
- Make sure to store in a glass jar. Can be refrigerated 1 to 2 months.
**Recommended amount: 1-3 teaspoons as needed.
You can drink Thyme tea without adding Honey or Lemon. However, these additions when sick provide additional benefits that will comfort you and help in the healing process. Thus, I highly recommend adding them. I also like to add shredded ginger if my cold or flu symptoms are too strong (make sure to eat the ginger, as it will have the strongest effect in boosting your immune system). I recommend making thyme tea using your own dried or fresh herb. However, you can also purchase it, just make sure to purchase high quality thyme tea.