Do you grow you own herbs? Here is a great deal on a Herb grinder on Amazon. Did you know Thyme contains thymol, a powerful antioxidant? I have no medical background. I have researched online about essential oils and herbs. I have found drinking a tea of thyme, rosemary and lemon soothes my sore throat, opens my mucus membranes and eases my chest congestion & cough. The flavor of thyme is unique. Lemon is a great addition to the flavor. This is only my personal experience, not a medical fact.