Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is one of our go-to herbs to help ease dry, scratchy throats, thanks to its soothing and protective properties. As an immune support, thyme can help to counteract infection, particularly of the respiratory tract, reducing chest spasms and mucus.
A well-known member of the mint family, botanically known as Lamiaceae, thyme is closely related to rosemary and sage. With square stems and similar leaf arrangements, these herbs often have amazing fragrances, making them popular in cooking. The potent aromas also show the presence of essential oils in the plant.
The next time you feel a little tickle in your throat or are in need of a winter warmer, try this delicious herbal infusion.
Thyme and Honey Tea
1.5 cups water
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 tsp wild thyme honey or mānuka honey
1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan and then remove from heat.
2. Add the thyme, cover and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
3. Strain the liquid into a mug and stir in the honey until dissolved.
4. Sip and enjoy.