It’s that time of year again my dear friends. The time when everybody seems to be sniffing, coughing and generally slimming around with some form of the cold virus, and you wish desperately that you knew how to perform the bubble head charm to protect yourself from the inevitable.
Thankfully, despite there being some sort or clerical error the year I turned eleven, and that letter never arriving, we have our own brand of magic in the mugle world that can help us survive.
They say that time heals, but in this case you can turn to the healing power of thyme.
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris), taken regularly, when you start to feel a cold coming on, or even once you’re sick, will work in your body as a powerful antioxidant that supports both healthy immune, and respiratory systems. It does this by eliminating toxins, supporting the formation of white blood cells, and increasing the bodies resistance to invaiding organisms. It is an antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic, antispasmodic (making it particularly great for if you have a cough!) has wonderfully calming properties, and as an added benifit it can even eliminate bad breath (they use it in Listerine mouthwash)!
Adding two drops of thyme essential oil to your diffuser or bowl of steaming water and inhaling deeply is a great way of accessing these many benifits. Or, if you happen to ‘know a bank where the wild Thyme grows’ (Shakespeare) and don’t wish to use it to attract the fairies, you can make this simple, and won fulfill soothing honey thyme cough syrup.
You will need:
- 1oz of fresh thyme (never ingest the essential oil)
- 3 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of honey
Essentially you now want to make a thyme tea. Simmer the water and thyme together in a pan on hob till about 2/3 of the water has steamed away. Strain the resulting tea and add the honey, stiring till compleatly dissolved. You can then store the mixture in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks. Take throughout the day to help alleviate a cough.
Good luck over cold season! And may the thyme be with you.