Thymian Hustensirup - A Remedy for Sniffles

Words and images by Siegrid Cain.

Siegrid Cain Thymian Hustensirup recipe


900 ml water

450g of liquid local honey

15g dried thyme

8g dried sage

8g dried chamomile flowers

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

1 teaspoon aniseed

1 teaspoon ground ginger

10-15 cloves


Grind all the herbs roughly in a pestle and mortar. Put water and all herbs into a pan with simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on.
Pour the liquid through a fine sieve and squeeze excess from the herbs before disposing of them.
Put the strong liquid back in the pan and simmer without lid until the liquid is reduced to 200ml.
Add the honey, stir and quickly bring to the boil.
You should now have a syrup consistency in the pan.

Pour into a sterile glass bottle or jar, tighten the lid and turn the bottle over to create a vacuum.
Let the syrup cool down and store in a dark cool place. After opening, the syrup will keep for a few weeks if refrigerated.

Dosage (can be safely used for children over 12 months to ease and loosen a cough)

1 teaspoon, 3-6 x a day