Ok, so I don't have a full blown cold yet, yet. I feel that wave of what's to come is near but I am doing ok so far. So in anticipation I am reading up on how to treat myself naturally. I am taking my vitamins, and my homeopathic meds are standing by ready to aid in the fight. I came across a great article on Planet Green and wanted to share some of the DIY home remedies you too can whip up at home for yourself or a loved one.
My colds ALWAYS start with a sore throat, so this is by far something I simply MUST try!
Lemon Throat Spray
Lemon is a traditional sore throat soother, and this handy spray can be put into a spray bottle of any size (look for travel-size spray bottles to take some with you when you're on the go) and stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Combine:
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup lemon juice
Sore Throat Gargle with Sage (or Hyssop)
Sage is another traditionally calming herb. We see it often in recipes for mouthwashes because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Here, it infuses a throat gargle. Hyssop leaves have many of the same properties, and would work in this recipe as well.
Boil one cup of distilled water and pour over one tablespoon of fresh sage or hyssop leaves (or one teaspoon of dried leaves). Allow the herbs to steep for 20 minutes. Strain the tea, and add 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Store in the refrigerator for two to three days, gargling whenever you need some relief from your sore throat.
Check out article for a few more great ideas! While it's easy to run to the store and pick up a box of pills, making it this way just seems better doesn't it?