A list of powerful herbs to remedy/treat sore throat.
- The German use eucalyptus to treat sore throats. The aromatic oil has a cooling effect on inflamed tissue. And the tannins exert soothing astringent action. Add a few teaspoon crushed leaf per cup of boiling water. Drink it.
- The Chinese use powdered, dried honeysuckle flowers to treat sore throat, colds, flu, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and pneumonia. It has over 20 antiseptic compounds. Honeysuckle flower extract is equally powerful.
- Both Europeans and Chinese use licorice to treat sore throat. Add 5-7 teaspoons licorice root pieces to 3 cups water. Bring it to a boil; simmer until half the water is boiled away. Then cool, and drink. It will also help you spit out the phlegm.
- Garlic is a powerful remedy for sore throat. It is both antiviral (for colds) and antibacterial (for sore throat). Make a tea and gargle with it.
- Both goldenseal and Echinacea fight bacterial and viral infection. (But do not take goldenseal over a week at a time or during pregnancy.) Gargling with fenugreek tea will help relieve a sore throat. Marshmallow root tea soothes a scratchy, itchy throat. Hot mullein poultices soothe sore throats.
- Drink sage tea and inhale its hot vapors. It will help open nasal and head passages. A vinegar compress to the throat will relieve the most painful sore throat. Add a pinch of cayenne and a teaspoon of wintergreen oil to ½ cup apple cider vinegar. Soak strips of cloth, place around throat, with dry wool cloth over that.
- Mix ginger with lemon juice and honey. And gargle with it. Other powerful herbs for sore throats include: marshmallow, agrimony, myrrh, plantain, slippery elm, German chamomile, and myrtle.
- An old herb doctor makes these suggestions: Gargle with cayenne tea, a half teaspoon to a cup. Put an onion poultice on the neck overnight, for 2-3 nights. Rub kerosene on the outside of the neck and cover it with warm flannel.
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