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Are you suffering from a cold, congestion, or bronchitis? This lemon thyme tea can help ease the congestion and quite those coughs.
Recently, everyone in my family came down with a cold. The good old standard cold, with post-nasal drip, congestion, really annoying cough… You get the picture.
Benefits of Tea for Colds & Congestion
Thyme is a great antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral and naturally is perfect for when there’s illness in the home. It’s also an expectorant and helps fight colds, coughs, sore throats and more.
Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C which is great for when you are sick. It’s also antibacterial!
A Decongestant Tea for Everybody
These two simple ingredients create an amazing tea that is perfect for treating that nasty cold. This tea can be used by adults and children alike.
The only people that may not want to drink this tea is pregnant or nursing mothers as thyme is not recommended for them.
Also as I’ve discovered with my son, those highly prone to nose bleeds may want to skip this tea. Since thyme is a decongestant it can help dry out the sinuses but also can mean it might dry out your nose and cause a nose bleed. It’s rare but I don’t have my son drink thyme tea anymore because we have enough nose bleeds with him already.
You really cannot drink too much of it either. I’ve been making this but the pot full and my kids are drinking multiple cups a day!
Lemon Thyme Tea
1 Tbs fresh or 1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup water
1 lemon wedge
honey to sweeten – optional
Bring water to boil. Add thyme. Let steep for 15-20 minutes.
Remove thyme. Squeeze lemon into the tea and sweeten if you desire.
Note: Pregnant women should not drink thyme tea as it’s a uterine stimulant. Nursing mothers may want to steer clear of thyme tea as well since it can decrease milk supply.