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
- Combine the horehound, mullein and thyme in a warmed ceramic or glass teapot.
- Add boiling water, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink hot.
- 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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