Of course, it doesn’t have to be the kids who are coughing. It could be your spouse or even you. Coughing is not fun no matter who is doing it. Nobody likes to suffer a cough and we are all looking for great cough remedies. I personally like to avoid conventional medicines if I can and instead, prefer to use natural remedies. Natural remedies have less or no side effects and many times natural remedies work just as well as over-the-counter medicine options! With sick season in full swing, I decided to whip up my newest natural remedy: thyme infused honey.
A while back I learned about thyme and its amazing healing properties. Thyme is a wonderful herb to use while cooking, but like many herbs it also is great for helping the body heal. Thyme is amazing for helping coughs and even bronchitis, but it is also an antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral herb, which makes it wonderful for when you are sick. When I learned this, I started making lemon thyme tea whenever someone was sick.
The tea is great for when someone is sick especially if you are dealing with congestion. However, if you have one of those lovely coughs, honey is a sure way to help quiet it! Honey helps soothe the throat and calms a cough, which is why it is the sole ingredient in my cough drops recipe. Honey is also one of the easiest ways to get kids to take herbs. Not all children want to drink up a cup of thyme tea, but what kid doesn’t love a spoonful of honey!? Thyme infused honey is just the honey cough remedy, but in super form!Now if thyme infused honey sounds intimidating, let me assure you that it’s not! This is probably one of the easiest remedies to make yourself. You are essentially covering thyme with honey and letting it sit. I told you it was easy!
- Fresh Thyme
- Raw Honey – Local honey is preferred, but we also *love* this organic, raw honey
- Fill a glass jar roughly half full with thyme. Cover thyme with honey and fill jar to the top. Stir the herbs a bit to coat the herbs in honey and to remove as many air bubbles as possible. Place lid on jar.
- Place your jar in a warm spot, preferably by a sunny window to allow the honey to infuse with the thyme. Let infuse for 2 weeks. (If you need a faster method you can put the honey and thyme in a double boiler. Heat at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes).
- After the two weeks, check to see if the honey smells and tastes like thyme. If it does then you are done! You can strain the thyme out but it’s messy. I prefer to just leave the thyme in. Store in a cool cupboard. Thyme infused honey will last for several months.
Looking for some other possible cough remedies? Of course, we have you covered!
Homemade Cough Drop Lollipops (and cough drops!)
Need a tissue holder? Here you go!
Recipe shared at- Savoring Saturdays.
I love this idea! I am always trying to get herbal teas into my kids when they’re sick and they just aren’t into them when they feel bad. Thanks for sharing with us! One question, what is the shelf life for this and how do you store it once infused? Refrigerate?
Thyme honey will last several months in the pantry. No need to refridergate. If you keep the thyme in the honey just keep an eye on it and make sure that the thyme stays submerged.
Hmm… I think I have some thyme in my cupboard. Going to have to give this a try during the dry winter months. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Savoring Saturdays, Brittany!
Love this!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Savoring Saturdays. I’ll be featuring it tomorrow. Hope you’ll join us again.
What a nice combination. I haven’t used honey much. As for the thyme, I am just beginning to dabble with it. I am sharing on my fb page.
Could you use dried thyme? If so how much?
You can use dried thyme but you will likely want to strain it afterwards and that will be messy. I’d say about 1 tbs dried thyme for a cup of honey.