DIY: Honey Thyme Cough Syrup

When my friend, Barb, told me about this great Honey Thyme Cough Syrup as a great home remedy for colds, I just knew I had to try it.

Over the last 10 years or so I’ve really turned to natural remedies first before I hit the pharmacy.  The honey in the syrup is soothing and they thyme offers a host of great healing properties due to Thymol.  Thymol is derived from thyme and is a powerful antimicrobial that helps with bronchial and respiratory infections.

To get started, you’ll need boiling water, honey (raw honey is preferable if you have it), and a good-sized bunch of thyme.

Place the thyme in the boiling water and let it steep until the water is completely cool.  This takes about 10 minutes.

Remove the thyme from the water.

Whisk the honey into the water.

Strain into a clean jar and refrigerate for up to 2 months, which should keep you ready to go for cold season.

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DIY: Honey Thyme Cough Syrup
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Serves: 3 cups
Take one teaspoon of this homemade cough syrup as needed to relieve a cough or sore throat. Keeps well for about 2 months.
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons organic fresh or dried thyme*
  • 1 cup organic raw honey
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat. Add the thyme, cover and let sit for 10 minutes or until cooled. Strain, then whisk in the honey until dissolved. Store in a glass jar. The cough syrup with keep refrigerated for 2 months.
*Note: I didn't remove the leaves from the thyme sprigs for sake of easiness, but you certainly can do that.


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9 Responses to “DIY: Honey Thyme Cough Syrup”

  1. Annalise October 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Seriously?? This is awesome! Definitely going to filing this away for later.

  2. The Framed Lady October 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    This sounds really good! I HATE normal cough syrup, so I’ll have to try this.

  3. Jenny October 25, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    This is rad! Thanks! And Thymol totally reminds me of Teamocil and now I’m going to have Arrested Development Jingles in my head. This post was a double win!

  4. Becky @ Project Domestication October 25, 2012 at 4:30 am #

    Making this soon for the winter!

    Do you think it would be to any benefit to add any other ingredients like raw apple cider vinegar or is that serve a completely different purpose.

  5. George November 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Made this and it works great had a stubborn cough i could not get rid of and this seems to have done the trick


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