After the seemingly endless cold and flu season last winter we now get to deal with springtime allergies, often accompanied by sore throats. Here's a quick and easy remedy that you can make and store in the refrigerator, all you need are a few pantry items and two essential oils!
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother): the mouth puckering liquid that inspires great facial expressions when gargled or swallowed is said to have antibacterial properties of it's own. It also reduces the PH of tissue which helps to prevent bacteria from growing on it's surface. Raw organic apple cider vinegar has a prebiotic called inulin that may help to increase white blood cells and boost immunity. Raw Organic Honey: 2007 study from Penn State University found that honey was as effective as dextromethorphan, an active ingredient in over the counter cold medicine to relieve cough symptoms. Honey was also proved to be more effective at suppressing cough symptoms during sleep.
Lemon: lemon and honey together is a long-standing, time-honored remedy for sore throats. Lemon essential isn't derived from the fruit of a lemon, it's cold pressed from the rind. This is important to know because the essential oil is not acidic like the fruit. Lemon can cut any phlegm if present and contribute antimicrobial properties of course! Lavender Thieves Immunity Blend: a versatile, must have blend for every household! This blend consists of Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus radiata, Rosemary, Lemon, and Lavender, a blend that's been known to kill harmful microbes. Sore Throat Elixir and Gargle is just that. You'll want to gargle then swallow the elixir. Because CW Lavender Thieves Blend has Cinnamon Bark and Clove Bud essential oils, this blend is considered to be hot but it's benefits by far outweigh the heat. Using a shot glass (a small 1 oz glass) you can avoid getting the essential oils on your lips. This remedy recipe should be large enough to see you through a sore throat and, it's best to keep it the refrigerated.
For kids, I would suggest substituting the warm blend Lavender Thieves with Frankincense and Lavender and applying topically with a carrier oil as needed. Remember, a warm compress drives the oils in deeper (Frankincense is a driver too) and is particularly soothing for a sore throat. A warm compress is also a good application for kids, very calming when they're not feeling well.
Gargling to wash the throat is commonly performed in Japan, and people believe that such a hygienic routine, especially with gargle medicine, prevents upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) - Clinical study. Consult with your health care provider if your body temperature rises above 101 and/or if throat becomes swollen and breathing difficult.
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- Add Apple Cider Vinegar, essential oils then honey, stir until blended thoroughly.
- Fill a 1 ounce shot glass halfway with gargle/elixir, dilute 50% with warm water. Gargle for as long as you can, then swallow. Gargle as needed, at least 3x daily, more often if needed for pain and discomfort. Continue for 3 days.
Recipe By: CampWander