My friend Lorna, lover of all things alternative and healing, arrived this week to a house full of spluttering occupants all suffering with unwanted bugs and the cold weather, never a great combination in an old and somewhat draughty house! “Thyme tea, that’s what you all need” she decreed and went on to prepare this lovely medicinal herby brew. I love my herb teas but have to admit to never having had a cup of thyme tea. Thyme contains thymol which is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial and an expectorant, making this tea with honey and lemon a delicious remedy for all of you suffering with sore throats and coughs. I make a cup and just keep topping it up throughout the day with hot water, the taste just gets better as the thyme and lemon infuse in the cup.
Thyme is so easy to grow and there are lots of varieties from the common thyme to lovely variegated varieties, one of my favourites is lemon. A great plant to have in the garden as the bees and butterflies love it.
This tea we make in the cup but for mint tea and lots of other infusions it is lovely to make a pot, with an infuser, to share. This great little teapot is one that I use all the time and are now available from Heal’s and lots of on-line sites.
Thyme and lemon tea
3 sprigs of thyme
2 slices of fresh lemon
1 tsp of honey
Place the thyme, honey and lemon in a cup and top up with hot water. Allow the ingredients to infuse for a few minutes and then enjoy, keep topping up with hot water – I make mine last for hours and it just gets better!