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Thyme Is On My Side: Health Benefits of a Common Herb

Did you know there are many ways to treat common cold symptoms just hanging out in your spice rack. Thyme is ready to tackle your cough.

Thyme, an amazing herb, has been used for centuries as a cough remedy, digestive aid and treatment for intestinal parasites. The active ingredient in this common herb is thymol which can be found in Listerine mouthwash because of its well-known antibacterial and antifungal properties, and Vicks VapoRub.

Suzanne Zick, a naturopathic physician, recommends drinking tea made from steeping thyme as a treatment for coughs since ingesting or inhaling thymol helps to loosen phlegm and relax the muscles in the respiratory tract. In fact in Germany, concoctions made with thyme are often prescribed for coughs, including those resulting from whooping cough, bronchitis and emphysema.

To make a tea, use two teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water and steep for ten minutes. Add sage to the tea if you have a nagging cough. The Food and Drug Administration includes thyme on its list of herbs generally regarded as safe, but large doses may cause intestinal problems.

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