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Spring to Life with Tea: Horehound, Mullein and Thyme tea

Unexpected tea combinations create good health and happy taste buds.
By Tammy Safi
February/March 2004
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Makes 2 cups
A buildup of mucus in the throat and lungs can linger if not cleared promptly and effectively. Horehound has a gentle, stimulating, expectorant action in the lungs, which encourages the clearance of phlegm. This makes it good for treating bronchitis and asthma. Mullein soothes itchy and irritating coughs. Thyme is a strong antimicrobial, antispasmodic and relaxant for the bronchi. Thyme tea on its own makes a great gargle for gum disease and sore throats.

  • 2 teaspoons dried horehound flowers and/or leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried mullein flowers and/or leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 cups boiling water
  1. Combine the horehound, mullein and thyme in a warmed ceramic or glass teapot.
  2. Add boiling water, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink hot.
  3. Drink 2 to 3 cups a day of this tea for five to six days, or until your chest has cleared. Caution: Avoid thyme during pregnancy, as it is a uterine stimulant.

Story, recipes and photos (unless otherwise noted) excerpted with permission from Healthy Teas by Tammy Safi, © Lansdowne Publishing, 2002, available in North America through Tuttle Publishing.

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