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

<em>Makes 2 cups</em>
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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.</p>
<li>2 teaspoons dried horehound flowers and/or leaves</li>
<li>2 teaspoons dried mullein flowers and/or leaves</li>
<li>2 teaspoons dried thyme</li>
<li>2 cups boiling water</li>
<li>Combine the horehound, mullein and thyme in a warmed ceramic or glass teapot.</li>
<li>Add boiling water, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink hot.</li>
<li>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.</li>
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<p>Story, recipes and photos (unless otherwise noted) excerpted with permission from <em>Healthy Teas</em> by Tammy Safi, © Lansdowne Publishing, 2002, available in North America through Tuttle Publishing.</p>
<p>Click here for the original article, <a title=”Spring to Life with Tea” href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/spring-to-life-with-tea.aspx”>Spring to Life with Tea</a>.</p>

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