As it's now getting a little more chilly I thought it's about time we talked about what you can do to help a sore throat. Usually a sore throat will pass in a few days, if you take the time to nurse it. Trouble is, we tend to end up working while we have it unless it's accompanied by a stonking cold that stops us in our tracks. A sore throat is usually a sign that you've caught some kind of virus and it's causing inflammation in the throat. This makes it feel sore and can effect your ability to speak. They are an invitation to take it slow as you're getting run down. Here are some natural remedies you can use to soothe the throat. This won't replace the healing properties of some real rest though.
- Thyme or Sage tea
Both of these culinary herbs are wonderfully soothing on the throat. They have an immediate effect. All you need is a teaspoon of the dried herb or a sprig of the fresh and cover with boiling water. It's best to keep this covered so the essential oils don't escape while you infuse it. Leave to infuse for about 5mins before drinking. The essential oils are part of what gives them both their wonderful antimicrobial and antiviral properties so you don't want to lose them. You can drink it as often as you need.
- Marshmallow root cough drops
I made this recently with a bunch of 5 year olds and it was great fun. All you need is Marshmallow root powder (or Slippery elm powder) and a dash of powdered thyme if you can get some. Add the tiniest bit of runny honey and mix in. Keep adding honey till you get a wet sand sort of consistency. It should stick together and be dry enough to roll it on a chopping board or kitchen counter. Add more powder as you need so it doesn’t all stick to your hands. Then pinch a pea sized amount and roll into balls. Put the balls on a baking tray and place in the oven on the lowest heat till they’re completely dehydrated. This will keep for months and you can suck on them as you would cough drops.
- Lemon and Honey
I love the simplicity of this warming drink. All you need is hot water, the juice of half a lemon and a heaped teaspoon of honey. The sour taste of the lemon soothes the throat while the honey combats any inflammation. You can have it as often as you need.
For more research and clinical trials on slippery elm check out this blog from healthybutsmart.com here.