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Aromatic Honey for Asthma

Thyme, marjoram and basil help relax bronchial muscles, clear mucus and open airways in this Aromatic Honey recipe.
By Anne McIntyre
November 2012
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The thyme in this honey recipe relaxes bronchial muscles and dispels infection.
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This Aromatic Honey recipe helps clear up coughs and congestion and has a pleasing herbal flavor. This recipe is excerpted from Homegrown Remedies (Gaia, 2011), a guide to growing all the herbs you need to make natural, inexpensive remedies. For more information on herbal remedies and a sample of recipes, check out 4 Herbal Remedies Everyone Should Know.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Homegrown Remedies.

Aromatic Honey for Asthma

This honey is excellent for coughs and asthma. Thyme and marjoram relax bronchial muscles, clear mucus, dispel infection and open the airways. Basil is a calming herb, clearing congestion and relaxing chest muscles. Wild pansy is good for bronchitis, coughs, asthma and catarrh.


• 1 to 2 cups each fresh or 1/2 to 1 cup dried purple basil leaves, thyme flowers and leaves, marjoram leaves, wild pansy flowers and leaves
• 14 ounces honey, either thyme or Manuka honey

Makes enough to fill a 14-ounce jar

How to make

1. Add the herbs directly to the honey, or use a reusable teabag or muslin bag to contain the herbs.

2. Heat the mixture on the stove in a double boiler for 4 to 5 hours and then strain it. Remove the teabag and pour into a jar.

3. Store in a cool, dark place, preferably the fridge.

How to use

Take 1 to 2 teaspoons herbal honey in a little hot water or off the spoon 3 times a day and every 2 hours in acute phases. Herbs may need to be taken over several months if the asthma is chronic.


Cover the bottom of a large pot with drainage material and top up with multipurpose compost. Place the plants in an attractive grouping. Deadhead the wild pansy so that it keeps flowering. Water carefully as thyme and marjoram are Mediterranean plants and prefer dry soil. Feed weekly.

Plants you will need:

• 1 Viola tricolor (wild pansy)
• 2 Thymus vulgaris (thyme)
• 1 Origanum majorana (marjoram)

This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Homegrown Remedies, by Anne McIntyre, published by Gaia, an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group, 2011. Buy this book from our store: Homegrown Remedies.

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10/21/2014 9:33:56 AM
It's my understanding that raw honey is part of what is beneficial about it's use-when heating in double boiler for 4-5 hours are we talking about gently heating to infuse the herbs or actually boiling this mixture? Seems it would be the most beneficial with only gentle heat.

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