If you are trying to heal your cold and give the bees a plant to support their efforts, then I suggest planting some thyme in your herb garden this year. The thyme plant has long been connected with the Thymus gland which is directly linked with the immune system.
Food Alchemy Tip
Starting to develop a chest cold? Add thyme to your favorite food dishes to aid in the healing process.
Thyme to heal your body
Thyme is an incredible disinfectant which we can use to cleanse ourselves both internally and externally. It will also help us fight off infections. Thyme is commonly used in home remedies to aid in treating chest infections and coughs as well as fungal infections.
Like many plants, Thyme has a bunch of antioxidants that will help to protect your DNA from free radicals within the body. This helps support a healthy and holistic life. Thyme is great for supporting normal hormone function as well, especially when it comes to the thymus gland located near the heart.
Thyme to make some healing honey!
This wonderful little concoction probably wouldn’t be considered the strongest of remedies for coughs and colds, but is surely the better tasting one.
How to make your honey
First, you will want to fill a wide-mouthed glass jar about half full of fresh thyme leaves and flowers. You will want to warm a batch of raw, unpasteurized honey so that it will better extract the amazing properties of the thyme.
Do not overheat or boil, though, heat that is over 110 degrees will kill all of the honey’s enzymes and destroy its medicinal benefits. Add enough honey in the jar to cover up the herbs, and place the jar in a warm spot (a sunny window will do). Allow it to steep for 2 weeks.
When the honey tastes and smells strongly of thyme, it’s finished. If you want you can leave the tiny thyme leaves in the honey, which is what I do. Finally, you can bottle and store in a cool pantry or the refrigerator, where you knew thyme honey can keep for several months.
To use your new healing honey
Use by the teaspoonful. Enjoy your delicious the honey by itself, or you can use it to sweeten tea or coffee for additional medicinal benefits.
One different variation
If you are seeking additional flavor, you can add up to 4-6 drops of pure essential lemon oil to each cup of thyme honey. Super delicious!
This recipe is one of the best tasting recipes to aid in fighting a cold or a cough which is a nice relief after trying the often nasty tasting over the counter remedies. On top of having more thyme in your system, honey is also a natural antibiotic to speed up healing as well.
If you are in need of a stronger remedy that doesn’t take 2 weeks to make, you can try out thyme syrup.
This is one of my favorite syrups for treating any colds, coughs, and chest complaints. This medicine is super effective and also delicious enough to add to drinks like sparkling water and serve as sparkling thyme tisane.
2-4 ounces of thyme leaf and flower (As always my friends, fresh is best but dried will do)
- 1 quart of water
- 1 cup of honey (local organic is the best to use in my opinion)
How to make the healing syrup
Combine the thyme and water in a pan over a very low heat. Ensure to simmer lightly, with the lid ajar to allow the steam to escape, until your liquid has been reduced by half, which would give you about 2 cups of strong thyme tea.
Now you will want to strain, and compost your spent herbs (to return them back to nature). The second add in your honey to the warm liquid and stir until your honey is all melted. Store in a glass jar in the fridge, where your new honey will keep for 3-4 weeks.
How to use
Take about ½ to 1 teaspoon every few hours until your cough or cold subsides.
Variation for your syrup
If you need a little bit longer shelf life, add in about ¼ cup of brandy to each cup of syrup. Brandy not only is a great preservative, it also serves as an antispasmodic and will help to relax your sore and raw throat muscles, which is helpful when tending to a cough.
I hope you have the space to try out these wonderful little tricks to help treat your ailments naturally, from home. In your travels have you come across any other wonderful at home treatments for a sore throat or a cough? If so, we would love to hear about them in the comments below.
Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, pgs. 90-93