As it is getting colder I have noticed that once again my family and I are getting sick like every year. And like every year I begin my prepping to make a big batch of my cold and flu remedy. My older sister hates it but she still uses it because we found that it works wonders, especially for symptoms such as a runny nose, a cough as well as sore throats.
As I have found this remedy so effective I thought it would be nice for me to share it here. This remedy is one of the first ‘kitchen witch’ inspired things I have tried.
This is really quite simple to make and takes half an hour to maybe 45 minutes at most to finish it.
What you need:
- A container of some description – I usually use a glass jar
- A pen and a label of some sort – I use a scrap of paper and tape it on
- 1 cup of honey
- 1/2 a cup of fresh Thyme or 1/4 of a cup of dried Thyme.
- Something to clean up with
- First, you blend together the honey and thyme in a small saucepan.
- Then you place it over a low heat for 15-20 minutes – keep a close eye on it to make sure the honey doesn’t boil or scorch.
- After the 20 minutes remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool – you want it to be cool enough to touch so you don’t burn yourself in the next step.
- Be careful with this step – I never let the honey cool enough because I’m usually too impatient, I would not recommend this (‘Do as I say not as I do’ as my mum always says) and this step is where it gets messy and sticky. You are now going to strain the remaining thyme from the honey into your container. I always make a right mess of this – honey goes absolutely everywhere – but take your Thyme and you’ll manage fine. (Sorry for the pun but I can’t help myself)
- Once you’ve strained what you can – this won’t be perfect you’ll always end up with little bits of Thyme. Clean up the container and the area around you.
- The get your label and label it.
How to use the remedy:
This depends on you really. Within my family, we take it a few different ways.
I usually take a teaspoon of the thyme-honey in a cup of tea and sip it slowly – I normally have more than one cup of tea a day so it’s not much of a difference for me.
My mum just takes the honey straight – one teaspoon usually twice a day – one in the morning and then before bed. She doesn’t like her tea sweetened so she just takes it straight.
My family loves having honeyed carrots – a teaspoon or so of honey over our cooked carrots – just replace the ordinary honey for the thyme-honey.
You can put it on toast, with pancakes, croissants.
Really just get creative with it there is no right or wrong way to do this.
Let me know if you try this and if this works well for you. How did you take it? Have you got your own go-to homemade remedy? Because I would love to hear them.