Body + Soul magazine had an excellent article on the natural remedial qualities of thyme that I thought I would share with you. Since I’m currently battling some sort of cold, this information is particularly relevant to me. I’ll start trying this tomorrow after I get some thyme.
Apparently, culinary thyme contains high levels of antimicrobial compounds that combat colds and flus. It also has expectorant qualities that can help ease coughs. Here’s how you can use it:
Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons dried (or 3 teaspoons fresh) thyme, and steep for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups daily for cold, flu and cough symptoms. Gargling with the tea can also soothe a sore throat.
You can pick up fresh or dried thyme at most grocery stores, but remember that dried herbs lose their potency over time. If it doesn’t have a fragrant scent, you need a new jar.
Feel better soon!
Edit note: I’ve tried this now and really think it helps. Especially with the sore throat. It DOESN’T taste great (in my opinion), but it’s tolerable. It’s more palatable with mint or mint tea added..