Awhile back a friend of mine told me that thyme was a great natural remedy for coughs and colds. I made this Honey Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup to reap the benefits of both honey and thyme in fighting off germs and helping to relieve those uncomfortable symptoms of colds.
Health Benefits of Honey and Thyme
Over the last 10 years or so I’ve really turned to natural remedies first before I hit the pharmacy. The organic raw 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.
How To Make Homemade Cough Syrup with Honey and Thyme
To get started, you’ll need boiling water, honey (raw honey is preferable if you have it), and a good-sized bunch of thyme, preferably organic and/or homegrown.
Place the thyme in the boiling water and let it steep until the water is completely cool. This takes about 20 minutes.
Remove the thyme from the water.
Whisk the organic raw honey into the water.
How To Store Homemade Cough Syrup
Strain the syrup into a clean jar and refrigerate for up to 2 months, which should keep you ready to go for cold season. Always keep the syrup in the refrigerator. The honey will naturally help to preserve the syrup, but keeping it at a proper temperature will prevent spoilage or mold growth.
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons organic fresh or dried thyme*
- 1 cup organic raw honey
- 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 the mixture and whisk in the honey until dissolved. Store in a glass jar.
- The cough syrup with keep refrigerated for 2 months.
- To use, take 1-2 teaspoons, as needed.