Start Using Thyme As Natural Cough Syrup!



Written by: Kirsten Cowart

Thyme is an incredible remedying herb that is used in both medicine and cooking and yet, is so often overlooked by the natural health community. That is why I decided to take this time to talk about the health benefits of thyme!

Thyme is good for both you and the environment and has had no reports of toxic effects and is considered by the healing community to be completely safe.

The thyme plant is easy to grow and is able to thrive in many different climates. In the early spring, a trimmed thyme plant will produce beautiful pink flowers that help support your local honey bees! They need a well drained sunny location with alkaline soil to grow well.

If you are choosing a plant type for your medicinal herb garden, then you really must grab the garden thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) or T. Citriodorus (the lemon thyme), especially if you are planning to make teas. Just make sure to trim it up well in the springtime and you will always have more than enough thyme on your hands.

Medicinal Benefits

Thyme is a natural disinfectant that can be used internally and externally to cleanse the body. Its powerful effect on infections can help aid in fighting off colds, mouth infections and sore throats. Using thyme in your tea can fight off respiratory issues and calm coughs.

This herb has been long used as an antifungal as well as an antioxidant to help support the body. Thyme also plays a big part in helping the thymus gland, hence the name.

Homemade Thyme Cough Syrup

This is one of my favorite types of syrups for treating colds, coughs and chest complaints. It is a very effective medicine and even delicious enough to add to your sparkling water and serve as a sparkling thyme tisane.


  • 2-4 ounces of thyme leaf and flower (fresh is always the best, but dried will do just fine as well)
  • 1 quart of filtered water
  • 1 cup of delicious honey (as always, local organic honey is the best)


1. Combine the thyme and water in a pan on a very low heat. Making sure to simmer lightly with the lid on, but set ajar to allow for the steam to escape, until your liquid is reduced by half, which should give you about 2 cups of strong thyme tea.

2. Strain and compost the spent herbs and add in the honey and stir, just until your honey is melted into the tea. Store your now completed thyme syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator, where it should be able to keep for 3 to 4 weeks.

How To Use Your New Thyme Syrup

Your dosage of this syrup is ½ to 1 teaspoon every couple of hours until your cold or cough finally subsides.

Throughout your travels in the world of herbalism and alternative health, is there any other recipes or tips and tricks you have learned to help with the sniffles or the cold?  If so, we would love to hear about them! Feel free to share them with us in the comments below!


Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, pgs. 90-92


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Kirsten Campbell

Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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