HERBS FOR SORE THROATS
that time of the season when the temperatures are quite erratic, our
clothing choices may not be warm enough for the cooler temperatures, our
lives speed up after the lazy summer season, & the resulting stress
can weaken our immune systems quite dramatically. Fall colds are very
common & they often begin with the feeling of knives in the throat.
Often, if we address the symptoms at this stage with herbs, healing
foods/drinks, & rest, we can stop them from going any further.
OIL OF OREGANO: This is a commercial product found in health food
stores. It is made with a specific wild species of oregano- not the
common garden variety- in a base of olive oil. It is on the expensive
side but a little goes a long way. The dosage is usually 1-5 drops 3 x
day. Since it is very strong & spicy, my favourite way to take the
drops is on a spoonful of honey, which is also soothing to the throat.
Oil of Oregano is the very best natural antibiotic product with which I
have worked. SLIPPERY ELM: This plant is one of the "demulcent" herbs, meaning
it forms a gluey coating that soothes inflamed tissues. Slippery Elm
can be purchased in its bulk powder form. There are many on-line
recipes for making your own lozenges with the powder, or you can buy
them pre-made at health food stores.
SAGE: Ever had laryngitis? Herbalist David Hoffmann recommends
gargling with Common Garden Sage: "Put 2 tblsps. of Sage leaves into
500 ml cold water & bring to a boil. Cover it & let it infuse
for a further 10 minutes. Reheat the mixture whenever needed &