Thyme & Oatstraw Syrup
for cold and flu and all kind of cough
¼ cup fresh thyme* (or 1/8 c. dried) or licorice root*
¼ cup oatstraw*
1 tbsp. honey (manuka recommended)
Decoct (simmer with lid on) thyme and oatstraw for at least 10 minutes.
Strain, squeezing as much liquid as possible out of the herb. Measure 100ml of the herbal fluid and add honey.
Heat gently to dissolve honey.Bottle, label and store in fridge.
Take a teaspoon as necessary. This is beneficial for the respiratory system in general and will prove beneficial for all kinds of coughs as well.
*Oatstraw as an infusion or tea is safe for gluten intolerant people if it is carefully strained ensuring only the liquid remains. The gluten protein stays within the grain and is not extracted by boiling process.
*Thyme is beneficial to take for all sorts of coughs (dry or productive), anti-catarrhal (anti-mucous forming) for the upper respiratory tract and anti-microbial due to its volatile oil content.
*Licorice is good for the respiratory system as an expectorant, is soothing to mucous membranes, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic making it good as a cough remedy. It also supports the adrenal cortex helping the body cope with stress. Additionally, many people like the taste, which is a bonus!
*Oatstraw is added for its nervine action or balancing effect of the nervous system, in addition to its nutritional properties. As a grain it is a good source of B vitamins (except B12), important components for energy metabolism.