‘Tis the season to be cold and phlegmy and if you’re suffering there is nothing more irritating than a cough.
Two herbs that my whole family have really been enjoying this winter for coughs and colds are Thyme and Mint. I’ve recently embarked on growing herbs in my garden. I love looking out on to the garden from my kitchen and seeing my little herb patch. Thyme, lemon thyme and mint are particularly useful at this time of year. Picking them and adding them to hot water is not only simple, but completely free and provides a great natural remedy for coughs and colds for the whole family.
Thyme is a great natural alternative to ineffective, sugary cough mixtures. It’s been used for centuries for it’s healing properties especially in relation to chest and respiratory problems, for example, coughs and bronchitis. It contains the essential oil thymol which has antiseptic properties. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre two preliminary studies suggest that thyme may help treat acute bronchitis and relieve cough. A great way to take advantage of the healing properties of thyme is to drink it as a tea.
Mint has a wonderful aroma and acts as a natural decongestant. It’s strong aroma is very effective in clearing up congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs, which gives relief for respiratory disorders that often result from asthma and the common cold. As mint cools and soothes the throat, nose and other respiratory channels, it relieves the irritation which causes chronic coughing.
You can easily grow these herbs in your garden or in pots in your house. Alternatively, just buy them from the supermarket.
Ingredients (for two people)
Few sprigs of thyme, lemon thyme and mint
4 slices of lemon (optional)
1 teaspoon of manuka honey (optional)
1) Rinse the herbs in water and add to a teapot
2) Add hot water to the teapot and allow to stand for 10 minute (Optional to add lemon or honey at this stage).
3) Pour into a cup with a slice of lemon and ENJOY.
Nisha Patel is the co-founder of natural health star and is a Pharmacist with over 16 years of experience. Her main interest lies within natural preventative healthcare and her focus if often prevention rather than treatment. To read more about Nisha click here
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