Using everyday herbs to help with a cough or cold.
Are you starting with the symptoms of a cold? At the first sign of a sore throat, cough or stuffy nose many herbalists recommend sipping a hot tea made from fresh thyme to help you to feel better quickly.
Scrunch up a few sprigs of fresh thyme from the garden or your local supermarket and put them in a small teapot. Add freshly boiled water and put the lid on to keep in the steam and the volatile oils it contains.
Allow your tea to infuse for at least ten minutes before straining it into a cup and adding a slice of unwaxed lemon with the peel included. You can add a spoonful of honey to sweeten your tea if you like, as this can also help to soothe a sore throat. If you feel a bit shivery, then a small slice of fresh ginger root added to your cup of thyme tea will help to warm you up and dispel any chills you may have.
Gently sip your hot tea, whilst breathing in the aromatic vapours. This soothing traditional remedy can be drunk three times a day as required.
Please note: We recommend that thyme is best avoided in pregnancy.
Kind thanks to Phil Deakin for this recipe.