Medicinal Uses for Thyme

Almost everyone has a bottle of dried thyme in the kitchen cabinet but thyme is much more than a culinary herb!

Next time you have a cold, cough, sore throat or congestion break out that little spice jar and make some thyme tea. Thyme is good for any upper respiratory ailment including bronchitis and whooping cough.

Steep one teaspoon of dried time in a mug of boiling water for 10 minutes. Add some raw honey and/or lemon juice if you like. By the time you finish this tasty tea your chest congestion should be breaking up. Seems to help my chronic sinus congestion also.

Here's a thyme recipe you can make ahead of time. If you follow the recipe exactly this homemade cold/cough syrup should last for 3 months in the refrigerator.

In a quart jar add 3 tablespoons dried thyme. Pour one pint boiling water over the thyme. Let this cool until luke warm then add 1 cup raw, unpasteurized honey. Mix well.

If you have a bad cough, cold or sore throat you can take up to one teaspoon of this herbal remedy every hour. Stop as soon as your symptoms subside and reduce to one teaspoon two or three times a day.

(pregnant women should not take large doses of thyme as it can also be a uterine stimulant but for other women it can ease the pain of menstrual cramps.)

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