Use Thyme As a Lung Expectorant

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Not only is coughing disgusting, but it is also one heck of an irritating sickness we can get, especially when the winter/cold season comes. Herbs like thyme can help treat it by thinning phlegm and making it easier to expel from our throat and lungs. Who says effective medicine only comes from pricey medicines?

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What's in thyme for me?

Thyme is a potent antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial herb.

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Therefore it can be used in treating various conditions of our respiratory tract which include flu, colds, bronchitis, sinus infections, whooping cough and even asthma.

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    Thyme is very effective for dry/wet cough as it contains expectorant and antitussive actions which reduces and makes phlegm thinner.
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    The oil in thyme, which is called thymol, is the key ingredient in making it one of the most powerful expectorants for treating the common cold, cough, sore throat and bronchitis.
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    Thyme tea.
    Wild thyme teas are highly recommended for coughs, flu, hangovers, sore throat, and most of all, stuffed chest.
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How to use thyme as lung expectorant

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    Thyme is primarily used for respiratory ailments because of its cough suppression and infection-fighting qualities.
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    You will need the following ingredients:
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    1. 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
    2. A cup of warm water
    3. Lemon squeeze
    4. Honey
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Instructions: Simply infuse all the ingredients in a cup of warm water and cover for about a minute. Slowly sip it and feel it going through and around your throat.

Thyme inhalation

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    Glass bowl
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    1 tbsp.
    of thyme oil
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    Boiling water
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Instructions: Put about 2 cups of boiling water to a glass bowl and add in 2-3 drops of thyme oil. Keep your airways open as you breathe in the hot steamy air coming from it. It will be better if you put a towel over your head to funnel the steam in.

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Thyme cough syrup

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    1 cup dried thyme
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    Boiling water
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    1 cup of honey
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Instructions: Simply boil 2 cups of water and add in 1 cup dried thyme. Now let the water cool and discard the thyme. Mix in 1 cup of honey and pour it into a clear glass container, then put it in the refrigerator. You must shake thoroughly before every use and only take 1 tbsp. for about three times daily.

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What is an expectorant

Simply put, an expectorant is a medication that can help treat coughs and expel mucus, along with other material from our lungs, bronchi, and trachea. It does that by reducing/thinning the mucus that lines up and blocks the air pipes leading to our lungs. Obviously, thinner mucus is easier to cough up.

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    Some people mistakenly think that all cough medicines are used as expectorants.
    Some are expectorant and others are suppressants.
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    Suppressants are the ones that prevent coughing and are useful for dry and hacking coughs.
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Tips, tricks, and Warning

  • Extended use of thyme can cause upset stomach, dizziness, and even headache.
  • It is prohibited to intake concentrated thyme oil since it is toxic.
  • Breastfeeding and pregnant women should consult their doctor before considering thyme as a treatment.
  • If you don't find tea or cough syrup made from thyme appealing, you can try taking it in supplement form. Here's an online source for it:[1]

Questions and Answers

Can thyme cure vaginal infections?

If a lady has infectious discharges from the vagina, can she use time as a bathing liquid and sit in the infused thyme for healing it?

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Lung expectorant alternatives?

There are a lot of herbs that you can found in some herbal gardens that can be used as alternatives for expectorant. You can check this list it is all used for congestion.

  • Angelica archangelica
  • Pimpinella anisum
  • Styrax benzoin
  • Trillium erectum
  • Cimicifuga racemosa
  • Sanguinaria canadensis L
  • Melaleuca leucadendron, M. leucadendra

and many more. You can find lots of them and information's about them in some books or in the internet.

If I don't have fresh or dried thyme can I use what is sold in stores in the spice aisle?

Thyme tea to relieve chest phlegm. I have tried: Anything over the counter, I think it was caused by: Cleaning laundry room and the dryer

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