What has always worked for me when I have a flu or cold and want to sweat it out rather then take meds, I drink thyme tea. I grow thyme in my garden, it grows well here on the East Coast ( up to zone 7),but really loves dry climates even more , you boil water, put a few sprigs in it and let it simmer, then turn off the stove and let it simmer a little more. I make myself a thermos in the winter, and it makes me sweat quite a bit. My grand ma, mom, and sister use that too as a natural remedy, and it works real good, it also tasts real good and leaves a wonderful smell in your home. At least to me, I love the smell of it, it reminds me of my grand ma’s kitchen. ( For some it is the smell of apple pie, for me it is thyme 🙂
And…it is cheap! really, it grows so easily. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can grow it indoors, just put the pot by the window with as much sunlight as you can, or on a blacony. You can also shape it with scizzors, it is decorative and very yummy. It also is real good on porc, like if you do a crockpot dish, put a few sprigs of thyme to it, mmmmmmm it smells so good.