Fill the jar ¾ full with fresh thyme or 1/3 full if using dried.
Add honey and next apple cider vinegar to almost fill the jar. Use a wooden or plastic spoon to mix well. Cover the jar with a plastic lid. Shake well.
Keep the jar in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shake once daily.
Using a mesh strainer, strain out the herbs, using the bottom of the jar to press out all the liquid. Transfer to clean jar with plastic lid.
Store in a cool place or keep in the fridge.
Thyme oxymel can be taken in small amounts (few teaspoons or a tablespoon) for a sore throat or congested cough, or used as a salad dressing with equal amount of olive oil.
There are hundreds of different varieties of thyme, which is a member of the mint family. Thyme is a warming aromatic herb with lots of medicinal qualities, especially anti-microbial qualities.
Thymol is the volatile oil found in thyme which is added to Listerine for its antiseptic qualities. Thyme also has digestive and anti-spasmodic qualities to relieve bloating, flatulence, and spasms.
In one double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, researchers found that patients with acute bronchitis had significantly better healing times when given extracts of thyme than the placebo group.