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.

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


Lis T.
Elisabeth T3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Dale O.

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.

Jeramie D.
Jeramie D4 years ago

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

Sylvia Wulf
Sylvia Wulf4 years ago

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!

Melissa Franklin
Melissa Franklin4 years ago

thanks :) :)

Lydia Weissmuller Price

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.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Cait, for Sharing this!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

thank you

a             y m.
g d c5 years ago