Thyme Cough Syrup – Homemade

Thyme Cough Syrup – Homemade

The word Thyme comes from the Greek word meaning “fumigation”. Thyme is strongly antiseptic, it is also anti-spasmodic and an expectorant. These combined properties makes it an excellent medicine and cough syrup for all lung illnesses. The syrup of Thyme is a handy standby for all types of coughs and wheeziness in children and adults. Traditionally, Thyme was regarded as a specific for spasmodic coughs.

This Thyme syrup is a soothing, antiseptic, antibiotic and expectorant. It thins out the mucus and opens out the bronchi. It is best used for a deep, restless, chesty cough, tightness and congestion and sore throat.

15g Dried Thyme
8g Dried Sage
8g Dried Chamomile
2 teaspoons Fennel Seeds
1 teaspoon Aniseed
20 Cloves
2 Garlic cloves
Pinch Cayenne
Pinch Grated Ginger
900ml Water
450g local organic Honey

Put all the chopped herbs in to a pan with the water and bring to the boil, cover with a lid, turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Allow the liquid to cool a little and strain, discard the boiled herbs and keep the liquid.
Return the liquid to heat and simmer very gentle until the liquid reduces to about 200ml. The slower the reduction the better. This is now called a herbal decoction.

Add the honey and simmer for a few minutes, stirring all the time, until you reach a syrupy consistency. Let it bubble for a moment, but do not over heat.

Pour into clean bottle, label and date.

Adult: 2 to 3 teaspoons, 3 to 6 times daily. Or every 2 hours for acute conditions.

Child: 1 teaspoon 3 to 6 times daily.

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