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Sore Throat Gargle and Elixir

May 11, 2014 14 Comments

Sore Throat Gargle and Elixir

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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!

PANTRY ITEMS

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.

ESSENTIAL OILS

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.

FYI:

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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ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Organic Raw Honey (local if possible)
  • 10 drops pure Lemon Essential Oil
  • 15 drops pure Lavender Thieves Immunity Blend 
  • 1/2 pint mason jar
Directions
  1. Add Apple Cider Vinegar, essential oils then honey, stir until blended thoroughly.
  2. 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




14 Responses

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Here’s the pin link!

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/271834527483074755/

Jody LYnn
Jody LYnn

May 10, 2017

I was trying to pin the gargle recipe, is it on your Pinterest, I cannot find it? Love your blog and thank you so much for doing it. I was searching for Kombucha and allergies cleansing. I have drank it for years and I make it but my husband just started and I am trying to find if allergy symptoms can be a way of Kombucha cleansing as he has never had allergies….thank you!

Lisa D
Lisa D

May 10, 2017

Perfect timing on this! I was so happy that I did not get sick all winter, then BAM! I woke up with a sore throat, post nasal drip & a stuffy head on Mother’s Day. I immediately came here to search for some relief. I used the headache blend for my head, rolled some cold & flu blend on my feet & took internally, and tried to get some rest. I’m feeling a little better, but will add this gargle today. Thank you for all you do :)

Kathy Lee
Kathy Lee

May 10, 2017

My question is about the lemon essential oil, are you saying that the lemon will cut the phlegm or is the essential oil that comes from the rind that cuts through the phlegm? I have allergies galore and I will go buy some lemons and use the juice but if I don’t have to I’ll use the essential oil…and if that’s the case how much honey and oil do I use? I know how powerful the lemon is and I will never over due the lemon, as I burned myself from a spill. I cannot use shield so I was just wondering if I could just use the honey and lemon, without all the other stuff.

Michelle
Michelle

May 10, 2017

This works great! It is a little hot, so we dilute with more water for the “weaklings” in the family but sore throats disappear very quick and don’t come back with this elixir!

Lori
Lori

May 10, 2017

I don’t have Shield or Thyme handy, but I do have Lavender, Peppermint, Ginger, and Melaleuca. Would any of those help the lemon out with the post-nasal drip sore throat I have right now?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

This post will give you some ideas! Have a great time on your cruise!

https://campwander.com/2013/09/23-ways-reasons-to-use-on-guard-everyday/

Sandra
Sandra

May 10, 2017

I will be going on a Baltic Capitals cruise later in the summer. I was thinking of taking along some of the Shield Blend as a precaution to ward off some of the cruise ship germs (and germs on the long flight getting there). What is the best way to use Shield for protection from germs?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Both the ACV and the Lemon EO will help to cut phlegm. I would certainly give your Lemon essential oil a try if it’s pure essential oil undiluted with fillers. And yes, you can follow the recipe provided and just omit the Shield or, replace with Thyme if your allergies allow.

Lauren Brennan
Lauren Brennan

May 10, 2017

Maybe it isn’t true of the essential oil, but isn’t eucalyptus poisonous? Is it safe to swallow the thieves blend if it contains eucalyptus?

Allegra
Allegra

May 10, 2017

I diffused the Shield blend last fall and winter, and not once was I sick. I’ve since adopted a dog from the local animal shelter. Is it safe to diffuse the Shield blend around dogs, or is it better to diffuse a combination of lemon and lavender around dogs? Thank you for all of the information you share.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I would suggest keeping it in the refrigerator. The ACV should have a fairly long shelf life but after it is mixed, maybe try to have it used within 2-4 weeks.

Lyyn
Lyyn

May 10, 2017

Just wondering how long this remedy would keep for once it’s made? Store on the counter or in the fridge?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Like other EOs, eucalyptus can be toxic in large quantities. We ingest small amounts of eucalyptus essential oil more than you might think, in cough drops etc.
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-700-eucalyptus.aspx?activeingredientid=700&activeingredientname=eucalyptus

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