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4 remedies with thyme to relieve the flu

Thanks to the medicinal and expectorant properties of thyme we can alleviate the symptoms and discomfort caused by the flu naturally and accelerate recovery.

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  • Infusion of thyme
  • Vaporisations with thyme
  • Infusion of thyme with oregano
  • Infusion of thyme with poppy seeds

Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris ) is a plant native to North Africa and Mediterranean Europe. It is a small shrub with small leaves, which in the summer season can present flowers on its stems.

The plant has antibacterial, expectorant and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties. In addition to other properties such as digestive, mucolytic, antioxidant and diuretic. Thyme is also an excellent seasoning for meals because its flavor will give freshness to meats.

The consumption of thyme brings multiple benefits to the body, including the activation of the circulation and the nervous system. It also serves as a tonic and energizer on the physical, mental and emotional level, and even helps improve memory.

The medicinal properties of thyme to relieve the flu are due to its power as anti-inflammatory and expectorant. We will leave 4 home remedies based on thyme, which will help to combat the flu malaise.

thyme leaves bunch

1. Infusion of thyme

The infusion of thyme is easy to prepare and you can take it 3 times a day to relieve the symptoms of the flu. To optimize its effects it is advisable to consume it at night, before going to sleep.


  • 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme leaves (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 spoonful of honey (25 g)


Before preparing the infusion, check that the thyme leaves are green and not dry.

  • Place the water in a pot and bring to a boil. When it is boiling, add the thyme leaves.
  • Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes and strain the preparation. When you have the infusion in the cup, add honey to sweeten it.
  •  Do not let the drink cool down and take advantage of the hot infusion to decongest the nasal passages.

2. Vaporizations with thyme

Sprays with thyme help clean the air passages and relieve the discomfort of the cold. You can do vaporizations before going to sleep and you will feel how oxygen reaches your lungs.


  • 1 handful of thyme leaves
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Put the water in a pot and wait for it to boil. Next, add the water in a wide-mouthed container. Add the thyme leaves to make the sprays with this plant.
  • You must place a towel behind your head, to prevent steam from escaping. Then bring the face to the container to perform the vaporizations, being careful not to burn yourself. You will feel how the mucous membranes clear and the obstructions in the nasal passages disappear.

3. Infusion of thyme with oregano

infusion of thyme with origano

The mixture of oregano and thyme is ideal to combat the symptoms of the flu. With this infusion, you will relieve the discomfort and you will be impregnated with its aroma. Oregano and thyme are the ideal medicinal plants to relieve a cough.


  • 2 teaspoons of thyme leaves (10 g)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (5 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 spoonful of honey (25 g)


  • Boil the water in a pot and add the thyme leaves and oregano. Let the infusion stand for 10 minutes and use a strainer to separate the leaves of the drink.
  • Serve the infusion in a cup and add the spoonful of honey to sweeten the drink. Add the lemon juice to enhance its effects. The union of these ingredients will be ideal to cure the flu.

4. Infusion of thyme with poppy seeds

The union of thyme and poppy seeds is a natural relaxant. The discomfort of the flu will not disturb you at night, because this infusion will help you sleep peacefully.


  • ½ tablespoon of thyme (8 g)
  • ½ tablespoon of poppy seeds (8 g)
  • Mullein leaves
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 spoonful of honey (25 g)


  • Mix the tablespoons of thyme, poppy, and mullein in a container. Put the water in a pot to boil and add a spoonful of the mixture to prepare the infusion.
  • Use a colander to separate the leaves and pour the drink into a cup. You can take this infusion once or three times a day. If you take it at night it will be more effective, because the properties of the poppy will help you sleep.

The properties of thyme will help you fight the symptoms of the flu. From the comfort of your home and with these home remedies, you will feel better and the flu will disappear.

Andy Johnson

Degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires. Master in Human Resources and expert in business communication and coaching. Postgraduate in Nutrition and Sanitary and Social Feeding by the UOC. Especially interested in wellness and sports.

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