Thyme is good healer for a wide range of respiratory infections and helps fight coughs associated with chest complaints. Thus It is a natural expectorant and has antiseptic properties which encourages expulsion of mucus. It’s also good for soothing coughs and fighting nasal congestion.
Thyme contains plant phenols such as thymol and carvacrol. These phenols are anti-spasmodic so they are strong cough suppressants. So antibacterial and expectorant qualities of Thyme and liquorice syrup help clear mucous from the bronchial tubes. Thyme and liquorice syrup is healing and soothing to an inflamed bronchial tract.
Culpepper was a 17 century herbalist and this is what he has to say about the herb Thyme: ‘A noble strengthener of the lungs, as notable a one as grows, nor is there a better remedy growing for whooping cough. It purgeth the body of Phlegm and is an excellent remedy for shortness of breath. It is so harmless you need not fear the use of it.’
In Roman times they burned Thyme to purge the air of disease and we use it today to neutralise dangerous airborne bacteria and microbes. The antiseptic powers of Thyme and the expectorant action of liquorice suspended in a fruit syrup has soothing effects on the chest. The medicinal powers of Thyme are well documented. It has been used as a treatment of cough in respiratory tract infections for centuries.
Thyme oil has been approved by Germany’s “Commission E” in the treatment of bronchitis, whooping cough and upper respiratory inflammation. The HMPC concluded that, on the basis of its long-standing use, these thyme preparations are useful for productive (chesty) coughs associated with colds. This preparation when suspended in syrup, makes a soothing antiseptic mixture for sore throats and inflamed chests. The addition of liquorice enhances the good affects.