The ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burned it as incense in their temples. Tea made by soaking grass in water can be used in cases of cough and bronchitis. Thyme is considered one of the best herbs that can be used in the common cold, as it comprehensively treats all cold symptoms. Thyme works as an expectorant to clear congestion in the lungs and as an anti-cough and soothing cough spasm. White, Linda BMD thyme tea will soothe the stomach, help you sleep, and soothe a sore throat.