Nothing heralds the beginning of a cold like a sore throat. You know that feeling: the dry scratchy sensation slowly yielding to sharp, unrelenting pain. How would you like to say goodbye to that sore throat before it forces you to succumb to whispering and wishing it away? With these easy herbal remedies, you can.
1. For a scratchy or sore throat, take 1 Tablespoon of this cough syrup as needed:
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Raw Honey
Pinch of Cayenne
2. Slippery Elm works as a “contact healer”, as well as through digestion. For sore throat issues, Slippery Elm is best consumed either in tea form or by stirring the powder in water, juice, or applesauce. Once swallowed, Slippery Elm is able to directly affect the surfaces above the stomach and begin its healing action. Slippery Elm is mucilaginous (moist and has a pudding like texture) and expands when mixed with water. The powder mixes easily with plenty of liquid. You may also use a blender, wire whip, fork, or shake it hard in a bottle until well blended.
Slippery Elm tea:
Mild: Pour one cup hot water over one teaspoon powdered bark and steep for up to one hour or overnight. Infusions may be simmered, strained, and then consumed, giving a thick, syrupy consistency.
Medium: Pour one cup hot water over one tablespoon powdered bark.
Thick: Pour one cup hot water over two to four (or more) tablespoons powdered bark. This will make a “tea” with the consistency of pudding.
3. Licorice tea for hoarseness:
An infusion is made by boiling one ounce of the bruised root with a pint of water for a few minutes. It should NOT be boiled for over five minutes. When licorice is boiled any longer, its acrid, bitter-tasting resin is released into the infusion, and its taste is not as pleasant. It retains its healing powers, however. A licorice teabag is also very effective.
4. Syrup for Persistent and Irritated Cough: This is a great formula!
2 ounces cut Licorice root, or 1 ounce powdered
4 ounces ground Flaxseed
1 quart Water
1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
Pinch of Cayenne
Simmer licorice and flaxseed in water until it reaches syrup consistency. Strain and add lemon juice and honey. Take freely warm or cold.
5. Goldenseal gargle:
6 squirts or a tsp. of Goldenseal and Echinacea tincture
Lemon juice of one Lemon
¼ tsp Cayenne
1 cup pure warm (not hot) Water
Sip slowly and/or gargle with this mixture. This doesn’t taste really pleasant, but it is very effective.
6. Red Clover gargle: Make a strong tea by simmering 1 tablespoon of the Red Clover herb for each cup of water for 15-20 minutes. Drink 1 cup, 2 or 3 times daily. Drink the infusion freely for soothing nerves and for bronchial, spasmodic, and whooping cough symptoms. Make a strong tea as a gargle for a sore and inflamed throat. Gargle 4-5 times a day, swallowing a fresh mouthful after each cleansing. Unfortunately, not all things that work well taste good…this is one of them! This gargle tastes bad, but works great!
You don’t have to be a hostage to your sore throat during cold and flu season. Try one of these remedies to relieve that scratchy sore throat.