Thanks to the medicinal and expectorant properties of thyme, we can naturally alleviate the symptoms and discomfort caused by the flu and speed recovery.

Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris ) is a plant native to North Africa and Mediterranean Europe. It is a small shrub, with also small leaves, that in the summer season can present flowers on its stems.

The plant has antibacterial, expectorant and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties. In addition to other properties such as digestive, mucolytic, antioxidant and diuretic. Thyme is also an excellent condiment for meals, because its flavor will give freshness to meats.

The consumption of thyme brings multiple benefits to the body, among them the activation of the circulation and the nervous system. It also serves as a tonic and energizer on the physical, mental and emotional level, and even helps improve memory.

The medicinal properties of thyme for flu relief are due to its power as an anti-inflammatory and expectorant. We will leave you 4 thyme-based home remedies that will help fight the flu discomfort.

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1. Thyme infusion

Thyme infusion is easy to prepare and you can take it 3 times a day to relieve flu symptoms. To optimize its effects, it is recommended to consume it at night, before going to sleep.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme leaves (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)

Preparation

Before preparing the infusion, check that the thyme leaves are green and not dry.

  • Put the water in a pot and bring to a boil. When it is boiling, add the thyme leaves.
  • Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes and strain the preparation. When you have the infusion in the cup, add the honey to sweeten it.
  •  Do not let the drink cool down too much and take advantage of the hot infusion to decongest the airways.

2. Vaporizations with thyme

Thyme sprays help cleanse the airways and relieve cold discomfort. You can spray before bed and you will feel the oxygen reaching your lungs.

Ingredients

  • 1 handful of thyme leaves
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Put the water in a pot and wait for it to boil. Then add the water in a wide-mouthed container. Add the thyme leaves to make the vaporizations with this plant.
  • You should put a towel behind your head, to prevent the steam from escaping. Then bring the face closer to the container to perform the vaporizations, being careful not to burn yourself. You will feel how the mucosa clears and the obstructions in the nasal passages are disappearing.

3. Infusion of thyme with oregano

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The mix of oregano and thyme is ideal to combat flu symptoms. With this infusion you will relieve discomfort and will be impregnated with its aroma. Oregano and thyme are the ideal medicinal plants to relieve cough.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons of thyme leaves (10 g)
  • 1 teaspoonful of oregano (5 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)

Preparation

  • Bring the water to a boil in a pot, and add the thyme leaves and oregano. Let the infusion rest for 10 minutes and use a strainer to separate the leaves from the drink.
  • Serve the infusion in a cup and add the tablespoon of honey to sweeten the drink. Add lemon juice to enhance its effects . The union of these ingredients will be ideal to cure the flu.

4. Infusion of thyme with poppy seeds

The union of thyme and poppy seeds is a natural relaxant. The discomfort of the flu will not disturb you at night, because this infusion will help you sleep peacefully.

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon of thyme (8 g)
  • ½ tablespoon of poppy seeds (8 g)
  • Mullein leaves
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (25 g)

Preparation

  • Mix the tablespoons of thyme, poppy and mullein in a container. Bring the water to a boil in a pot and add a tablespoon of the mixture to prepare the infusion.
  • Use a strainer to separate the leaves and pour the drink into a cup. You can take this infusion once or three times a day. If you take it at night it will be more effective , because the properties of the poppy will help you sleep.

The properties of thyme will help you combat flu symptoms. From the comfort of your home and with these home remedies, you will feel better and the flu will disappear.

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