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Honey Thyme for Colds and Flu

Honey Thyme for Colds and Flu

Cold and flu season is upon us, but we have an ancient remedy for congestion, coughs, and sore throats that is simply the beesí knees!

It calls for honey, the sweetest of healers, and thyme, a wonderful herb with antibacterial properties that had been used by Wise Ones for centuries to alleviate the miseries of colds and flus. Easy to make and delicious to use:


1 cup honey
1/2 cup fresh thyme or 1/4 cup dried thyme

1. In a small saucepan, combine the two ingredients and heat gently over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, being sure not to let the honey boil or scorch.

2. Remove from heat and allow the honey to cool. Strain out the herbs, then bottle the honey and label it.

3. To relieve colds, coughs, and sore throats, take 1 teaspoon of this thyme-infused honey three times a day. You could also add a teaspoon of it to a cup of regular hot tea and sip slowly.

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By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living content.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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6:25AM PST on Nov 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

10:28PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Sounds good. Honey has often been touted for having healing qualities if it is organic.

I will remember to try this out whenever I end up getting the flu or a cold, which is not very often.

1:20PM PST on Dec 22, 2013

Will go make some green tea with honey, ginger and thyme. Thank you.

7:27AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Interesting - I will have to try this. I have been dosing myself daily with a teaspoon of cinnamon/honey since last fall, and nary a sniffle, but this will go into my file for future use!

7:16AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

thanks :) :)

6:59AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

I like natural cures like this, thank you. And thank you, Brenda...manuka honey has strong antimicrobial properties and has been used in the treatment of wounds.

5:31AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Thank you Cait, for Sharing this!

5:22PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you.

2:55PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

thank you

9:25AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012


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