My potager garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö, Resarö is situated in the inner part of the archipelago outside of Stockholm. Tyra´s Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination.
Tyra's Garden is a small garden on the island of Resarö situated in the inner part of the archipelago near the small town Vaxholm, outside Stockholm. Tyra's Garden is mostly an ornamental vegetable garden, my potager. But flowers are of course an important ingredience, for beauty and pollination. The climate in these parts is quite demanding as the northerly winds can be strong and cold. THIS BLOG 'Tyra's Garden' is not entirely a gardenblog it contains much more. About me: Enthusiastic amateur gardener and photographer from Vaxholm, Sweden. Designed and built my Greenhouse and Potager in Tyra's Garden 2003. Love the outdoor life, gardening and sailing especially. View my profile


Soothing remedy for coughs and colds

This post 'Once up on a Thyme' was originally uploaded by Tyra in the blog Tyra's Garden

Once up on a Thyme...

...I walked on a path lined with of thymes and sensed the marvellous amoratic leaves and I fell in love...
I just adore the fragrance and taste of this herb. It is a favourite both in the potager as well as in the kitchen. I even make a cough medicine with Thymus vulgaris in it, see recipe for Tyra's remedy intended for coughs and colds below but first some pictures.

Woolly thyme —the wooliest of all thymes, forms a thick ground-covering mat of tiny, densely hairy grayish green leaves. The foliage has subtle fragrance and is not the best thyme for culinary use nor for my remedy. In June-July the pretty tiny pink tubular flowers appears. Plants grow to only about 5 cm or so in height. Woolly thyme thrives in dry, well-drained neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Walks, rock gardens, stone walls, and pond borders (if dry) are all excellent habitats from the creeping of the lovely Thymus pseudolanuginosus. This thyme spills gracefully over stone walls and can be grown between stone pavers. To propagate, divide the plants in spring or autumn, or sow seed in early spring.

Thymus vulgaris Garden Thyme,
Thymus x citriodorus Lemon Thyme
and Orange fragrant Thyme Thymus fragantissiumus

are in my belief the best for culinary use. For medical use take the Thymus vulgaris.

Now for the recipe...

Tyra's soothing remedy for coughs and colds

Make a strong infusion of thyme, elderberry flowers and sage (let it cool) add lemon and a generous amount of honey and for adults 1/3 part of gin or congac. Drink small amount of this mixture several times per day, it is really soothing.

For a cold it is beneficent to add fresh ginger, chili and/or garlic as well.


Susie on Gotland says "Here on Gotland the wild thyme growns in the meadows by the sea and it's so nice to go there late in the summer evenings as the sun set - and so on top of that sense the smell of crushed thyme. Wonderful! Oh, how I long for next year!"

En fin kommentar från Susie på min svenska blogg, jag tyckte det lät så skönt.

"Här växer ju timjanen vild på strandängarna och det är så skönt att gå där sent på sensommarkvällarna i solnedgången - och så ovanpå det få känna doften av krossad timjan. Underbart! Oj, vad jag längtar till nästa år!! "

Take care - LOLove/ Tyra

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joey said...

Thank you, dear Tyra! I adore thyme both culinary, growncover, accent plant, etc. and, since I have a nagging cough, am making this tonic today (if I can find elderberry flowers)! Thanks for sharing :)

Linda said...

Love your health theme at the moment, between thyme and apples!

Hannele på Hisingen said...


Anna said...

This concoction sounds as if would be most soothing Tyra :)

sweetbay said...

Sounds like a wonderful brew for soothing an irritated throat!

Gail said...

I never knew that thyme could be medicinal! It's such a delicious herb in so many dishes...I love snipping it from the garden during the winter here. gail

Chloe m said...

Great post! And very timely with all the colds starting up. I will have to try this. Another blogger I met used Mullein for colds. I am going to try that as well.

Randi said...

Underbart och intressant inlägg som alltid hos dig, Tyra. Kollaget är sååå vackert - som en tavla. Jag älskar också att gå i min kryddträdgård och bara vila i dofterna.
Kram Randi

Anjas Hill said...

Timjan tillhör även mina favoriter och gråtimjan är riktigt speciell - en heltäckningsmatta för älvor! Själv har jag en riktigt stor matta av den.
Otroligt vackert collage och dessutom pedagogisk!/Anja

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Anonymous said...

Oh Tyra, what a wonderful plant and you have done it proud! Your recipe sounds perfect, honey and hooch make anything good. HA We grow many varieties of thyme here, they are evergreen and easy to grow. The only one we cannot seem to keep going is the wooly thyme for some reason. It seems to be too wet for it, even in the gravel paths. I love your photos and words in the images, well done! :-)

Marie said...

Flott post om timian :)

June said...

This is so good to know just now. We have coughs...but fortunately we have thyme too.

Lillebeth said...

Tack för tipset. Timjan är fantastiskt. Hoppas dock slippa använda hostmedicinen.

Unknown said...

Congratulations for the article on the thymus which I read with great piacere.Ho know your blog via "botanical garden".
Hello Andrea

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Jeannie Hanson said...

Hi Tyra. I was so inspired by your post, I bought some cheap whiskey to put in my coughing daughter's husband was ?!?1?, but I told him you said to do it!
Also, fyi, giving credit where credit is due, that fan that recommended you to Billy Goodnick was me!!! Jeannie in Sacramento

Anonymous said...

Hi Tyra I wish I had known about your garden when I lived in Stockholm! I would have been a regular visitor.
Im going to try your remedy for colds! It sounds wonderful. Javane