In Wisconsin, spring remains chilly and damp well into May. Coughs, colds and bronchitis are setting in with many of my friends. Thyme is a very old remedy for many upper respiratory complaints. Its active ingredient, thymol, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, along with a strong scent that helps loosen phlegm and soothes the respiratory system. Since the 16th century, thyme oil has been used in the mouth and on the skin because of its antiseptic qualities. Even now, thymol can be found as a mouthwash ingredient.
Thyme is associated with Freya, the Norse goddess of love and beauty. Also, it is an excellent throat chakra herb used to treat bronchitis. Thyme tea is a natural and potent expectorant shown to relieve coughs.
Easy Thyme Tea: Steep a few dried stems of thyme in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Add, a sprinkle of turmeric and cayenne pepper. Top with a wedge of lemon and slices of fresh ginger. Drink hot 3 to 4 times a day until symptoms subside.
12th century mystic, prophet and healer, Hildegard von Bingen, is quoted as saying, “He who drinks a cup of thyme tea in the morning will soon feel the beneficial effect: enlivened spirits, great comfort in the stomach, no coughing in the morning and an overall well-being.” Words from the past carry wisdom for today!
*This recipe is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, consult with your physician for diagnosis or treatment. Use herbs as per instructions and always watch for any allergic reactions.