One of the most annoying flu or common cold symptoms is sore throat. It hurts pretty badly even when you swallow your own saliva, not to mention about taking a sip of ginger and lemon tea to alleviate the pain.
My kid woke up the other days with a runny nose, complaining about his throat and coughing like a donkey. The virus shrouded my son in a poor health condition and one day later, my entire family. We were all coughing, sneezing and feverish, but the worst part of this common cold attack was the sore throat – reddish, painful with swollen tonsils.
So, in order to get rid of this horrible sore throat, I decided to prepare mother’s natural cure – herbal throat spray. Of course, you could spray your throat with an OTC throat spray and that does help quite a bit, but this particular natural herbal spray is active both on sore throat and cough symptoms.
Here’s the sore throat spray and gargle I made:
- 15 g of elderberry
- 3 g of lavender
- 3 g of lemon balm
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
How to prepare:
Infuse the herbs by mixing them together in a cup, adding the boiling water and allowing to steep for 20 minutes. Strain, and when it has cooled down, add the apple cider vinegar and honey. Put the mixture in an empty spray container.
How to use:
Spray the back of the throat with 2-3 sprays as needed. Or you can leave the herbal spray in an empty container and gargling whenever you feel needles and pins in your throat.
The best thing about this sore throat remedy it’s 100 % natural ingredients that really helps in soothing your throat. But, alongside with this natural remedy, especially before going to bed, you can ease a sore throat with one of the below Homemade Sore Throat Drops:
- 1 tablespoon of peppermint tea leaves
- 1 tablespoon of chamomile tea
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of ginger
- ¾ cup of boiling water
- ¾ cup of honey
How to prepare:
- Soak peppermint, chamomile, cinnamon, and ginger in boiling water for 10 minutes or more.
- Strain off water, and pour into a small saucepan, then add the honey.
- Heat over medium heat until mixture begins to boil.
- Clip candy thermometer to the side of your pan.
- Continue boiling until the mixture reaches 300º.
- Watch carefully, because it is really easy to burn when it gets this hot!
- Let the mixture cool for 5-10 minutes, until it starts to get syrupy.
- At this point you can add a few drops of healing/antibacterial essential oils (I add some lavender oil)
- Drop by small spoonfuls onto parchment paper and let cool.