Home Remedies for Your Cold and Sore Throat
I’m one of those people who really hate taking medication unless I absolutely have to. By saying that, I will take medication…if I have to. The point of this little article is to share my most favorite home remedies that I use before taking to western medication. Here we go!
Manuka Honey is just honey made in New Zealand and Australia made by bees who pollinate the native manuka bush. I swear by this stuff and will always have it in my home remedy cabinet. When I was in high school, I got strep throat and the doctor told me I’d have strep throat for at least 4-6 weeks. My mom had me take two spoons on Manuka Honey, one in the morning and one at night, and my strep was gone within 2 weeks!
All honey is medicinal due to its antibacterial activity. Manuka Honey maintains a higher antibacterial activity because of Methylglyoxal. My husband works on a boat and gets sick almost every winter with some kind of cold so now I send him with single-serving Manuka packets! WebMD says
“The major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities.
WebMD Manuka Honey
In manuka honey, MG comes from the conversion of another compound, dihydroxyacetone, that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers.”
Olive Leaf Complex Throat Spray
Olive Leaf Extract is what you get when you extract its unique molecule, oleuropein. This molecule can do wonderful things like help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure! I love this spray not only for
I’m giving you a fair warning, this stuff tastes really terrible but it works oh-so-well! It’s liquid nutrients by “Buried Treasure” and is truly that – TREASURE. There are a few different types of ACF such as Fast Rapid Relief, Extra Strength, Prevention, and an Herbal Immune Support ACF for Children! In our house, we buy the Extra Strength and keep it on hand at all times. Extra Strength ACF has Elderberry, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Olive Leaf, Marshmallow, Thyme, Usnea, Myrrh Androphraphis, and White Willow Bark. Admittedly, I had to read about some of these herbs! This is the first herbal supplement we turn to in my house for any sign of general sickness at all.
Sickness doesn’t taste well and neither doesn’t get better apparently. Echinacea Spray is also pretty terrible tasting but man-oh-man will it knock out a sore throat. You spray your throat three times in a row and you can’t drink anything after for 15-30 minutes. We have two bottles of this spray in our refrigerator at all times along with the Olive Leaf Complex Throat Spray. I love using the echinacea spray, letting it rest, and then using the yummy minty olive leaf spray!
Staying within the same home remedy vein, echinacea tea is another staple in our house. Honestly, I don’t even have to be completely sick to drink this stuff. It’s said that the echinacea herb encourages the immune system and reduces many of the symptoms of colds, flu and some other illnesses, infections, and conditions. I buy the Traditional Medicinals brand and always have. They have multiple variations, some with lemon or some with elderberry. Another really great aspect of echinacea tea is you can grow echinacea flowers AND they’re a perennial! I plan to try growing it soon once my herb garden is put together. If you have any pointers, I’d love to hear them!
Elderberry lozenges are a great addition to a medicinal medicine cabinet that I often forget about. Anna from Salt in my Coffee has a nice post on how to make elderberry lozenge lollipops that you can find here. Elderberry lozenges fight the cold and flu and are a healthier alternative to most mainstream lozenges and cough drops.
Oh ginger beer, my dear ginger beer. I go way back with this stuff, folks. When I was a little girl and had a stomach ache or any type of nausea, my mom would give me a ginger beer. It can’t be ginger ale, just ginger beer. This was a staple in my mom’s home remedy cabinet and always bought this kind for me and, like mother like daughter, because I won’t buy any other brand. Ginger beer is non-alcoholic and even safe for pregnant women (of course, always check with your doctor first since I am not one)! This stuff is worth every single penny.
You can get your probiotics in many ways: yogurt, kimchi, kombucha. The most likely to be in our home is homemade kombucha. Regular intake of probiotics is a great remedy to improve digestion and boost your immunity. Store-bought kombucha is the bomb but it is so easy, and way cheaper, to brew your own kombucha. Some even argue that it’s healthier than store-bought kombucha, but I can’t prove that statement right or wrong. What I do know is when our house gets sicks and calls in from work, it’s financially easier to pop open a homebrewed ‘buch than buy a $4.00 ‘buch at the store.
There’s a lot of taboo around essential oils, and I’m not the best person to convince you that they’re the only way to live but I do lean on them heavily at times. My favorites are tea tree oil, lavender, coffee, and frankincense.
What do you use as a natural cold and sore throat remedy? Contact me and let me know! Please keep in mind that I am not a medical professional and can not and will not give professional medical advice. If you feel that something is wrong, please call the appropriate professional individual. Stay well this season, friends.