After a cold or the flu, a cough may linger for weeks. What do you do to calm a cough like this?
Drinking Thyme Tea to Calm a Cough:
Q. I had the flu four weeks ago and still have a cough despite taking Robitussin DM. I tried drinking thyme tea this afternoon, and it has calmed my cough. Others might want to know.
A. A post-viral cough sometimes lingers for weeks after all other symptoms of the flu have gone. Calming such a cough can be challenging.
The Value of Thymol:
Experiments show that thymol, an active component of thyme, can reduce the urge to cough and the number of coughs (Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, June 1, 2013). Many people find that a cup of thyme tea made with a half-teaspoon of thyme leaves and sweetened with honey if desired is a pleasant way to control a cough. You can learn more about this and other natural approaches to calming coughs and recovering from cold symptoms in our Guide to Colds, Coughs & the Flu.
Another way you can tap the power of thymol to calm a cough: smear Vicks VapoRub on the soles of your feet at bedtime. Be sure to put on socks, so you don’t mess up the sheets. Thymol is one of the essential oils that give Vicks its distinctive aroma.