Oh no! Cold and flu season is here.  Colds are not a whole lot of fun, but for me, the ITCHY, SCRATCHY, sore throat is one of the most annoying symptoms. FUN FACT: It is more common that a virus causes a sore throat than bacteria.  Instead of reaching for a sugar filled cough drop or a potentially harmful throat spray, try one of these natural remedies.

  • Gargle with salt water. A saline solution not only helps to draw excess water out of the tissues, it also loosen mucous to decrease the irritants.  The American Journal of Preventative Medicine did a study back in 2005 that revealed a 40% decrease in upper respiratory infections for individuals who gargled salt water verses individual who did not.

Gargle: Place 1 TSP of Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt in 6-8 oz of water and gargle for 60-90 seconds.

Raw, unfiltered honey is a remarkable substance.  Scientific studies have shown that honey is antiseptic, antimicrobial, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen, antitoxic, sedative, laxative, antianemic, antioxidant, healing and cleansing (external and internal), moisturizing and blood-purifying.  In general, the darker the honey, the greater antioxidant properties.

Tea: In 6-8oz hot water, place 1 TBSP of raw unfiltered honey.  Add lemon, ginger, peppermint, or other herbs as desired.

  • Ginger has been shown to contain high levels of antioxidant within this beautiful root. In addition it contains [6]-gingerol which is been shown to decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Tea: Place ½- 1 TBSP of dried or fresh ginger in boiling water and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Add Honey if desired.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar. Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar to clean and clear wounds and infections in the 400s. He used a dilution of apple cider vinegar and honey to clean wounds and fight infections.

Gargle: Put ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, ¼ cup of warm water in a cup and gargle for 60-90 seconds.

“Tea”: Place ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in 6 oz of warm water and drink. Add honey if desired.

  • The antibacterial activity of garlic is attributed to allicin. Garlic has been shown to fight gram negative and gram positive bacteria, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Clostridium, and Helicobacter.

“Throat Coat”: Slice garlic into thin slices.  Place 1 piece on each cheek and suck on for 30 minutes.

Next time you start to have that tickle in your throat, reach for one of these natural remedies.

 

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