By Marc Richute
What do you get when you combine a typical garden spice like thyme (a beautiful, aromatic, antiseptic herb), with organic honey (natures sweet antibacterial gift), and some raw apple cider vinegar (the Mother of all things sour tasting)?
You have a thyme oxymel- a notorious immune booster!
In my opinion, this pungent, yet sweet elixir is a great alternative to commercial sore throat relievers.
It is simple and inexpensive to make. Here is what you will need:
- A mason jar with plastic lid*
- Fresh thyme
- Organic honey
- Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)
First, fill your mason jar with about ¼ thyme.
Next, fill the rest of the jar with ACV and honey. Note: the amounts of ACV and honey are discretionary. You might choose more honey and less ACV, or more ACV and less honey. I prefer more honey!
Then, place the lid on the jar and shake it daily for 6-8 weeks.
After 6-8 weeks, strain out the contents with a tea press or cheese cloth into its final storage container.
Finally, your oxymel is done!
Personally, when I have a sore throat, I reach for my thyme oxymel. A one ounce glass three times a day usually does the trick.
*Plastic lids are preferred when using vinegar. Vinegar will corrode metal and ruin your oxymel. You can use metal lids, however put wax paper over the jar before you tighten the metal lid.