This winter was a rough one for us in terms of colds. Nothing serious just colds that wouldn’t end. In the midst of my suffering I was scouring my herbal texts for any suggestions I could use to end the congestion that was plaguing me. When I found the recommendation to use a tea made with thyme, I was overjoyed. Thyme is my favorite herb. I’ve been accused of putting it in all of my meals. I categorically deny that accusation.
Finding out the herb I have in abundance in my home is also good for relieving congestion was truly a blessing. Of course I immediately had to try it out for myself. I prepared a cup of tea using a teaspoon of dried thyme from my CSA last summer (I dry herbs all summer so we can have plenty for the winter). I steeped the tea for 5 minutes in boiling water. I added a bit of honey to take the edge of the strong taste.
I felt relief within 10 minutes of drinking the thyme tea. Within 30 minutes I could breath again. I had the best sleep that night. In the morning I prepared tea for the kiddos adding an equal amount of mint to sweeten the taste and make it more palatable for them.
There was a marked decrease in the amount of congestion and coughing that day. We have officially added this as a key component in our cold treatment arsenal. I even use it after I have had more than my share of sweets and my sinuses are rebelling on me.
If you give it a try, let me know what you think. I am so excited to find such a simple solution to a challenging cold symptom.
- 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
- 1 tablespoon Dried Mint Leaves
- Honey to taste
- Put dried herbs in a strainer or tea bag. Place in tea pot or pan. Pour boiling water over the dried herbs. Steep for at least 10 minutes. Sweeten with Honey.