You know when you get that itch in your throat? The one that makes it uncomfortable to swallow and you’re certain it will lead to a full blown sore throat soon? Yeaaaa, definitely not fun. I recently experienced this during my family vacation this past week and figured I’d share how I healed it completely with four of my favorite natural remedies.
I’ve found that by following my steps for at least 2-3 days (everyone is different so this could vary) it usually does the trick and I’m back to normal! Hope it helps for you too!
As always, please note that I AM NOT a doctor – I am merely sharing what successfully works for me time and time again. Also, these remedies are intended for adults.
1. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (“with the mother”)
You just can’t go wrong with good ole organic ACV! When I’m feeling sick, the first thing I do in the morning after drinking a glass of water is drink a shot of apple cider vinegar.
When buying ACV, it’s super important that you not only buy organic, but that it also states “with the mother” on the bottle. The “mother” appears as a murky, strandy kind of substance inside the bottle that is actually a collection of enzymes and good bacteria. The combination of both make it more beneficial as opposed to drinking ones that do not contain it. ACV is anti bacterial and creates an acidic film in the throat that doesn’t allow bacteria to thrive.
Now, I won’t lie – this will taste AWFUL. No way around it. Some people choose to dilute it a bit but when I’m fighting an infection I like all the potency I can get.
My favorite brand to purchase is by a company called Braggs.
2. Organic Ginger tea
After taking my shot of vinegar I move on to a warm cup of tea. But not just any tea – ginger tea specifically.
Ginger is perfect for sore throats because it is an anti inflammatory, boosts circulation and fights off bacteria (especially oral strands!) with its anti microbial properties. The flavor is also mildly spicy which helps alleviate some of the itchy ness that tends to occur during or pre sore throat. When experiencing sore throat symptoms, I make one cup of tea in the morning and one before bed.
I enjoy the Yogi organic Ginger tea bags though any organic one should do.
3. Raw Organic Honey (preferably Manuka)
My next step to recovery when sick always involves raw organic, ethically sourced honey. Raw organic honey isn’t cheap but neither are doctor visits and antibiotics so it’s worth the investment guys! Organic Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial plus more! Manuka honey in particular is produced when bees pollinate on the Manuka bush. The bush contains higher antimicrobial properties making it more potent and effective.
My favorite way to consume the honey is about 1 teaspoon in my ginger tea twice a day.
4. Warm water and Himalayan Salt
The last step on your sure road to recovery is to gargle about 1 cup of warm water and 1/2 tsp of pink Himalayan salt at night. The salt helps to flush out any lingering bacteria and toxins in the throat while reducing any swelling. I choose to use Himalayan salt because it contains more minerals and trace elements than table or sea salt.
So there you have it! 4 easy ways to heal your throat naturally! These methods have proven to work for me for years and truthfully can be used as preventive care too. You don’t always have to wait to feel sick to give your body the goods! 😉
Til next time,