Thyme isn't just another ingredient for a delicious pasta recipes. This prized herb, which is native to the Mediterranean region, is also useful in combating various symptoms related to bronchitis. Since ancient times, physicians and herbalists have used thyme for an array of respiratory issues, from hacking coughs to congestion and more.
Thyme contains a chemical compound called thymol, which has found its way into everything from pesticides, to toothpaste, and a range of medicines. It has distinct antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties that are useful in beating back various types of infections, including bronchitis [source: National Institutes of Heath].
As a powerful expectorant, this herb helps rid the body of mucus, strengthens the lungs to fight off infection, and acts as a shield against bacteria. Use it dried as a seasoning or make a tea by adding 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon thyme to 1 cup boiling water (it's a very strong herb, so you don't need much). Steep for 5 minutes and sweeten with honey [source: Kilham]. If you have thyme oil on hand, you can use that instead. Dilute it (2 parts olive or corn oil to 1 part thyme oil) and rub on your chest to cure congestion.
Short on thyme? You can also try the herb savory to fight your symptoms. This potent, peppery herb is said to rid the lungs of mucus. Use it as a tea by adding 1/2 teaspoon savory to 1 cup of boiling water. Drink only once a day.