Most folks are familiar with the amazing effects lavender, chamomile, and tea tree can have in topical and/or internal applications, but an herb that’s been getting more press recently isn’t quite so exotic. Thyme is getting more attention for it’s antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, and general support of wellness. There has even been a recent study at Leeds University that concluded that a thyme tincture (herbs soaked in alcohol) was more effective at treating acne causing bacteria than the over the counter chemical used in most acne treatments today.
I was already familiar with the amazing powers of thymol, the primary beneficial compound in thyme, because of some research I’d done before starting to use Steripods on my toothbrush at home and for travel. Thymol is the active ingredient that Steripods use to help reduce toothbrush bacteria.
A simple and natural use for thyme at home is as a cold and cough syrup. The syrup is nice as a light soda or spritzer when mixed with sparkling water, or I mix it with my Fire Cider and take it as a shot.
Personally? I load up homemade chicken bone broth with thyme, garlic, onions, vegetables, and chicken to create a healthy and comforting chicken soup.
- 2 ounces fresh thyme (organic)
- 3 cups water
- ½ cup honey (raw, local)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (organic)
- ½ cup brandy ((can be omitted))
- Add fresh thyme and water to a small sauce pan and simmer over low heat until liquid is reduced by half (1.5 cups)
- Strain liquid in to pint canning jar and let cool until less than 120 degrees
- Add honey, lemon juice, and brandy. Mix to dissolve honey
- Store in the fridge. With out brandy should last 3-4 weeks. With brandy, longer.
- Take 1 teaspoon every few hours for cough or sore throat.
Letting the thyme tea cool to less than 120 degrees ensures that the health benefits of the honey are preserved.
My syrup likes to separate in the fridge so I simply shake to combine before serving.
As always, this is a food, not a medicine. If you want it sweeter, add more honey. If you want more tartness, add more lemon juice. It only works if you'll take it.
I took the spent thyme sprigs from making my syrup and stuffed them in to my jar of fire cider to get every last bit of goodness out of them.
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