2 cups pure water
8 fresh thyme
1/4 cup ground ginger finely chopped
1 cup raw honey preferably local
1 organic lemon juiced
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


  1. Put water, thyme, and chopped ginger into the Instant Pot.
  2. Press the Saute button.
  3. Simmer the herbs in water until reduced by half.
  4. Allow to cool until the temperature is warm, not hot, steeping the herbs the entire time.
  5. Strain.
  6. Discard or compost the thyme and ginger.
  7. Return the thyme-ginger tea to the Instant Pot.
  8. Whisk in honey, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper, if using.
  9. Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle.
  10. Syrup will keep in a dark cupboard for 1 week. After that, it should be stored in the refrigerator.
  11. Administer a tablespoon as often as necessary to soothe a sore throat and calm a cough.

Recipe Notes

  • For stubborn coughs or coughs that accompany colds, the combination of honey, herbs, and spices speeds healing and brings relief quickly.