The herb thyme is an ancient medicinal that was used for its healing properties by all early Mediterranean civilizations and was mentioned in writings by both Hippocrates and Dioscorides. In modern times science research has shown that taking thyme by mouth, alone or in combination with other herbs, reduces coughing in people with bronchitis, upper respiratory tract infections, or common colds. Thymus vularis ct. linalol is recommended by herbalists as an effective and safe beginner herb for children and the elderly. It is easy to make this fragrant herb into a Honey Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup which will allow your body to reap the benefits of both honey and thyme in fighting off germs and helping to relieve those uncomfortable symptoms of colds.
DIY Honey Cough Syrup
Grow Your Own 'Medicine'
Thyme is a special herb that's easy to grow or use to make your own teas and essential oils. Here's how to grow it.
Thyme is easy to grow and will do well in a summer garden or in a pot. There are several varieties of thyme, including a lemon thyme that makes a great tea, and creeping varieties that make a pretty ground-cover – though common thyme (T.vulgaris) is the most commonly used in the kitchen and in the herbalist’s workspace.
It prefers hot and dry conditions, so choose it’s location according to this. Somewhere that gets full sun throughout the day is best. It likes dry and coarse soil; over-watering your thyme is the quickest way to kill it, so go light on the moisture.
When the plant begins to produce flowers, you can cut it and dry. Either hang it upside down in a clean and dry place, or use a food dehydrator. Having dried thyme ensures you will be able to reap it’s benefits even in the colder months when your plant isn’t producing.
Science Research Proves Thyme Destroys Step Throat and respiratory Infections
Thymol is derived from thyme and is a powerful antimicrobial that helps with bronchial and respiratory infections. Thyme oil is highly concentrated and should be used with caution! Always dilute with a neutral carrier oil. There are some who believe that ingesting oils such as thyme should be limited. Please view this safety information by expert Robert Tisserand.
A 2011 study showed thyme oil to be highly effective against 120 strains of bacteria taken from patients with oral, respiratory and urinary tract infections, including several antibiotic-resistant strains.
A 2013 study focused more specifically on strep throat. Of the 18 essential oils researchers tested, they found five that exhibited “significant antibacterial activity” against strep: thyme, oregano, cinnamon, lemon grass and winter savory.
The study’s authors note that penicillin is not always effective at treating Streptococcus pyogenes. and say the five herbs could be an “interesting” addition to our “alternative therapeutic arsenal.”
Dr. Axe recommends adding 2 drops of thyme oil to a mouthful of water and gargling to relieve sore throat.
A 2016 study found that ingestion of thymol — a phenol obtained from thyme oil — significantly shortened the duration of upper respiratory infection, while alleviating cough and shortness of breath.
The effectiveness of the combination of thyme extract, primrose extract and thymol was “comparable to synthetic antibiotic ambroxol,” the study’s authors wrote.