Thyme Tea | Baby Cold Recipe


Suitable Age

From 6 Months

Intended Purpose

Baby Respiratory Issues

Preparation Time

10 min Preparation

It is said that thyme is the “antibiotic for poor people”. And indeed, apart from being affordable and easily available, thyme is super effective too.

Thyme has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it has been used throughout history for all kinds of respiratory issues.

Thyme works particularly well for coughs and has an antispasmodic effect on spasmodic coughs. Moreover, it helps clear phlegm and nasal congestion so that your child can breathe more easily.

Finally, thyme also helps prevent infections and clear inflammation of the respiratory tract. That’s why every parent should have it readily available, especially during the cold and flu season!


1 tbp of dried thyme

1 cup of hot (not boiling) sterile water (150ml)

If you don’t have sterile water, cook water first and then leave it to cool.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Put the thyme into a tea infuser and then into a cup. 

Step 2

Poor about 150ml of hot (not boiling water) over the thyme!

Step 3: 

Cover the cup with a lid and let the tea infuse for about 8-10min!

Step 4:

Remove the tea infuser and let the tea cool down (you want it to be lukewarm).

Feeding Recommendation

Babies under 12 months of age:

25ml – 3 times a day

Toddlers from 1-3 years of age:

75ml – 3 times a day


Nathalie Kaufmann

Nathalie is a pregnancy and birth Consultant and a TCM Therapist with almost 20 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture, reflexology, Shonishin baby massage techniques, Western and Eastern massage techniques (including TUINA), as well as herbal medicine and nutrition.

She has worked in hospitals across London and was Head of the Maternity Acupuncture Clinic at the Whittington hospital in London. Today, Nathalie runs her own practice in London and helps pregnant women with pregnancy- and birth-related issues. She also specializes in alternative treatments for babies and children.


Looking for ways to help your baby with cold?

Check out our Shonishin Baby Cold Massage Course and learn how to help your little one!



  1. Elena Chapin

    Hi Natalie! How much for an 8 yo? Thank you!

    • Mathias Ritter

      Hi there!

      Mathias here (partner of Nathalie). My sincere apologies for the late reply! Actually, we disabled the comment function on our website because we received so much spam. But after we migrated our site to another hosting provider, we unintentionally enabled the function again and only realized it now.

      Anyways, regarding your question:
      8 year old children can basically drink “as much as they like”. When our son has a cold (he is 4 now), we just prepare a big bottle of thyme tea in the morning and then let him drink it throughout the day.

      By the way:
      What we also do is prepare onion-thyme tea. Just roughly chop an onion, add water, bring the water to boil, reduce the heat, add some thyme and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

      It really works very well when they have a cold! The only downside is: not all children like it 😉

      Again, apologies for the delay! I hope this helps for the next cold!

  2. Hana

    Hi , what about fresh organic thyme stems for tea , for toddlers?

    • Mathias Ritter

      Yes, fresh thyme works too, including stems.


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