If you are experiencing a sore throat, don’t jump in the car and run to the clinic just yet. I am going to share with you 4 simple alternative remedies for a sore throat that really work! Many of the ingredients you probably already have in your home.
1 Honey, Cayenne and Garlic:
This is one of Dr. Christopher’s remedies I learned about many years ago and it is VERY effective in treating sore throats and even strep throat. When I get a sore throat I don’t even bother with a strep test because even if it is or isn’t strep, this will take care of it.
How long does it take to get over strep throat with the standard medical procedure? 10 days on an antibiotic. This herbal remedy will generally get you over strep throat in 24 hours, and you won’t have to deal with all the side effects of antibiotics.
- Put 1 tablespoon of honey in a small bowl (use raw unprocessed honey)
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Add 4 cloves of minced garlic (yep, your breath is going to smell fabulous) Trust me it is worth it.
- Mix well
- Cover and use as indicated below.
Take ½ teaspoon to one teaspoon of the formula every 30-60 minutes. Don’t wash it down – let the honey coat the throat, then the cayenne will bring blood into the area, and then your immune system will be stimulated with the garlic. Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, so anything that may be causing the sore throat, is toast! It is quite soothing to your throat!
2 Orange Juice and Cayenne Pepper:
If it isn’t strep, this is great option for a mild sore throat.
- Pour a little orange juice in a cup
- Add 2-4 shakes of cayenne pepper.
- Mix well and drink quickly.
It does burn, but just for a few seconds. This brings more circulation to the area so the body can start fighting whatever is causing the sore throat.
3 Salt Water:
Another very simple option for a mild sore throat is to simply gargle with salt water. This is good to do as soon as you feel a sore throat coming on.
- Mix a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water.
- Gargle the whole mixture several times a day.
This will increase the blood supply to the area by washing away mucus and dilating capillaries, thereby enabling better circulation of infection-fighting antibodies. The salt draws out some of the fluid in the throat that causes the swelling and inflammation. If this doesn’t bring comfort, you may want to opt out to some of the other options.
4 Lymph Massage
Lymph massage is a good thing to do whenever you are sick, especially when you have a sore throat or ear infection. Adding this blend of essential oils to the neck and armpit area will help the body move congestion in the lymphatic system. If you do not have all the essential oils listed below, you can still use what you have combined with olive oil or coconut oil.
- 20 drops Melaleuca
- 5 drops Lemon
- 5 drops Cinnamon
- 2 drops Wintergreen
- 13 drops Lavender
- 9 drops Clove
- 8 drops Thyme
- 8 drops Eucalyptus
In a 2 oz. dark colored glass jar, combine essential oils and fill with fractionated coconut oil or pure virgin olive oil. If using olive oil, you may want to store this in the refrigerator to keep the oil from going rancid.Place the lid on the bottle and shake well.
Apply the oil around the neck area, especially below and behind the ears. With a soft massaging motion drag your hand down the neck towards the sternum area and around the ear. Go easy because this area may be very tender. The essential oils will penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream to help fight infection. Apply the oil blend to the bottoms of the feet as well.
I hope you found this information helpful.