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Sunday, October 10, 2010

10 Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat

I have had a sore throat and cough since Tuesday. Today I finally lost my voice.  Of course, I went on a web search for some more natural ways to help heal myself a bit faster. 

Remember I am not a medical doctor and in fact I have not tried many of the suggestions listed below.  I am merely sharing my finding with you in hopes of helping you find some natural ways to alleviate such a common ailment.

Below is what I found.

1.  Stop nasal drainage.  Using a neti pot or nasal saline is an easy way to help alleviate this problem.

2.  Get plenty of sleep and rest.

3.  Gargle:
Raspberry Leaf Tea: 1 cup boiling water over 2 teaspoons dried leaves. Steep and strain.
If you also have a fever, drink instead of gargling.

Sage Gargle:  1 teaspoon in 1 cup boiling water. Steep and strain. Add 1 teaspoon each cider vinegar and honey.  Gargle four times a day.

Warm Saltwater Gargle: 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup warm water.  Gargle every three to four hours.  Reduces inflammation and phlegm.

Listerine: Great to gargle when your throat is soar.  Do not drink it straight from the bottle.  Pour it into a cup first.

4.  Drink Cider Vinegar: •1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar,8 ounces hot water... Mix  ingredients together and sip slowly.  Drink this WARM liquid as often as desired.

5.  Lemons an Limes:  Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and honey into a cup of warm water and sip as often as needed.

Mix 1 spoonful of honey with a spoonful of lime juice. Take as often as needed.

6.  Frozen Juice Bars:  Allow small pieces of a frozen juice bar melt in your mouth.  This will temporarily numb the throat causing some minor relief.

7.  Hard Candy:  Sucking on hard candy or natural throat lozenges will keep the throat moist.  This helps easy the soreness.

8.  Steam:  Mix eucalyptus oil or peppermint oil in a bowl of hot water.  Place your nose close to the bowl and inhale deeply.  Placing a towel over your head and the bowl will help to keep the steam more concentrated.

Click here to view the entire article in which I found the above information.

9.  Soar Throat Rub:  Apply a thin film of carrier oil externally over the throat area... canola, sunflower, grapeseed and safflower are popular choices. Add seven drops of sandalwood essential oil over the carrier oil and rub gently into the skin.  Not only is this soothing, but it also smells great.

10.  Vitamin C:  10,000 milligrams of vitamin C can be taken at the first sign of distress.  Be sure to drink plenty of water (8-10 ounces a day) to wash out the extra nutrients that are not needed in your body.

The above information was found here.

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One Pink Fish


*All remedies mentioned on Natural Simplicity have been found on the web or in books as I learn to heal my family in a more natural manner.

* Always remember to consult a health care professional before trying any form of alternative medicine.