Thyme (thymus vulgaris) is an elixir for coughs, colds, flu, tonsillitis and laryngitis. It is a healing and antiseptic herb. Thymol is the essential oil found in thyme and is one of the most potent antimicrobials. Thyme is also rich in flavonoids, saponins and other antioxidants. The tea is very beneficial for singers and performers to help support their vocal cords.
Sore Throats and Colds:
Thyme tea: Use chopped fresh thyme or dried thyme and make a tea.
Thyme-infused honey: Gently heat 1 cup of honey and half a cup of fresh thyme for 15 - 20 minutes. Take 1 teaspoon three times a day to relieve colds, coughs and sore throats. Do not overuse dosage.
Respiratory Tract Clearance and Bronchitis
Put a few drops of thyme oil in a bowl and fill with boiling water. Then place your head over the bowl to allow the steam to come into your face, wait a few minutes first or you may scold your face. Put a towel over your head and breathe in. It will loosen the phlegm and relax the muscles in the respiratory tract. Warning: Be careful you do not allow the steam to scold.
Sources: The Herbal Apothecary, JJ Pursell.