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Friday, February 28, 2014

5 Natural Sore Throat Soothers


Sore throats are a PAIN!
I've found these remedies to be helpful in my household.

         1Sage Tea
Sage tea is made from the leaves of the sage plant.  Boil some water; pour hot water over a few tea leaves (a little goes a long way), steep for 3-5 minutes.
Drink this tea as needed to soothe the throat.  You can also gargle with the tea after it cools.
Sage is valued as an antimicrobial herb, helpful in fighting infections and congestion, headaches, relieving anxiety, and improving memory. 
Sage is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding because of its drying effects

         2. Honey and Lemon
Use your favorite local honey and mix with a bit of lemon juice, eat slowly with a spoon to soothe that achy throat or mix with warm water to drink.  This powerful combination is antibacterial, antiseptic, and immune boosting.

Never give honey to a child 1 year old or younger

3. Salt
Make a gargle of salt and warm water, about a teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water.  Gargle with this several times a day to help relieve the swelling in the throat. 

         4. Echinacea
The herb Echinacea is antibacterial, antiviral, immune-enhancing, and a blood cleanser.  If taken at the first sign of any sickness (sore throat) it is proven to shorten the length of the sickness.  Look for the dried herb in your local herb store.  Bring some water to a boil, add your dried roots, cover and boil for 20 mins. Strain and sip on this “tea” 2-3 times a day until feeling better. 

5.  Elderberry
Save the best for last!!  Elderberry is found in most every place in the world.  It is also an amazing immune booster, used in the same way as Echinacea. It is easy to drink and give to children because it tastes so delightful!  They are high in vitamin C, an antiviral and anti-inflammatory.  It is soothing to all of those mucous membranes.
You can find all of these herbs at

 5 ways to soothe your sore throat that are affordable, obtainable, and all natural.

Be well!