Wouldn’t it be great to know how to make your own simple medicines? You could easily make a remedy for heartburn or a natural cough syrup. One reader did exactly that:
Natural Cough Syrup with Thyme:
Q. I recently read your book, Spice Up Your Health: How Everyday Kitchen Herbs & Spices Can Lengthen & Strengthen Your Life. I used it to make thyme cough syrup for my husband when he had bronchitis. We were both extremely pleased with the results.
What Thyme Does:
A. Thyme is terrific. It has been appreciated since Roman times. In the 17th century, it was recognized as a helpful remedy for coughs. You might discount that as hearsay from long ago, but science has now validated this folklore.
One of the components of the thyme plant, thymol, helps to ease cough (Wagner et al, Forschenden Komplementarmedizin, Dec. 2015). This herb also appears to have antibacterial and anticancer activity. Thyme is an essential part of the Mediterranean diet and may help with digestion and cholesterol control.
Want More Information?
Anyone who would like to learn more about thyme and dozens of other herbs and spices, from anise, chamomile and cinnamon to peppermint, rosemary and sage, may find our most recent book, Spice Up Your Health, helpful.