Sore/Strep Throat Gargle

December 18, 2017

Sore/Strep Throat Gargle

by Rachael Henrichsen

If you are traveling, not at home, or in a place where you can’t cook, 2 chopped up cloves of raw garlic often does the trick. Chop them up or chew them (which is a bit harsh on the breath) and drink with some warm water. This can be a little intense on an empty or sensitive stomach, but it is worth not catching a cold.

Sometimes regardless of our efforts, we can get sick. Recently while traveling I had to treat a strep throat with herbs. It was good to see that it is possible to treat this without the standard western treatment (which is a full round of antibiotics). As strep is becoming more resistant to antibiotics, this herbal remedy will only become more useful. 

Sore Throat/Strep Throat Gargle:

  • 2-4 drops of lemon essential oil or juice of 1 squeezed lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey (the cloudier the better)
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic pressed or chopped very fine

Instructions: 

  1. Add this to 2 cups of hot water and mix it all together (doing it in a mason jar with a lid so you can shake it is ideal).
  2. Every 30 minutes while you are awake, gargle with it and try to allow it to get as far back in your throat as possible. It isn’t going to taste great, but it should begin to make the symptoms lessen within a few hours. Do it until you feel better or until the blend is gone.

Living in harmony with the seasons is very nourishing to our overall health. Shopping at farmer’s markets or doing a little bit of research can help us learn what foods grow in our area during each season. Eating foods that are in line with the season goes along with how our bodies have evolved to thrive. Ideal foods for winter in most areas are root vegetables (sweet potatoes, beets, radish, rutabaga, turnips), squash and greens (kale, mustard greens, collards). All of these nourishing foods can be added to the above soup recipe – for a delicious healthy winter meal.





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