DIY Thyme-Honey Cough Syrup

Thyme is a flavorful medicinal herb with antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It supports the immune system, soothe a sore throat, and reduces coughing. It’s also been successfully used for bronchitis and whooping cough.

Raw, local honey is also antibacterial and antifungal, rich in antioxidants, and helps to reduce coughing and a sore throat.

This easy, DIY cough syrup is something you can feel good about giving your kids. The ingredients are simple, and there are no nasty chemicals, additives or questionable inactive ingredients.

Despite my best efforts, my kids inevitably pick something up from school during the winter months, so I usually go through a few batches.


Honey Thyme Cough Syrup


  • 1 ½  cups filtered water

  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • 3/4 cup of raw local honey



In a small saucepan, bring water to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and add thyme. Cover with a lid and allow thyme to steep for 15 to 20 minutes (longer if you like a stronger flavor). Strain herbs and add honey to liquid. Stir until combined. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Take 1-2 teaspoons as needed to soothe a sore throat or cough, or add a spoonful to a cup of hot water and slice of lemon, or herbal tea.

**Please don’t give honey to children under the age of 1.