My Own Homemade Natural Sore Throat Remedy
Posted on 19th of May, 2014 by Lévana
Sore Throat Remedy: Although I have been blessed with very good health, all my life I have been prone to sore throat pains and discomfort. Sore throat is my soft spot. Everything leaves me with a sore throat: a two-hour cooking class, bronchitis, colds, sinus infection, IBS, HPilory, even once ages ago, a massive case of salmonella that scared the living daylights out of me, and which it took me almost a year to get rid of. I was even operated on nodules on my vocal chords about ten years ago. Little children picking up the phone when I call their home run to their mothers at the first sound of my voice, saying “Mommy, it’s Levana!” My singular raspy voice, which had become my trademark, and which was so often described as sultry, sexy and all that jazz, caused me nothing but misery, and I would have gladly traded it even for that of Archie Bunker’s wife Edith if that only meant no more sore throats and no hoarseness. Is it any wonder I have a mug of tea with me at all times?
A couple months ago a particularly debilitating sinus infection, which was treated with steroids and an intensive antibiotic treatment left me with a severe sore scratchy throat, and an unrelenting dry cough. After a second visit to the doctor, suspicions briefly turned to Acid Reflux Disease, but were quickly dismissed since I didn’t have any of the the other symptoms associated with it (heartburn, reflux etc). During a very recent sleepless night of desperate coughing I racked my brains for some relief. I remembered my mother’s war cries, which sounded too good to be true, the cure is in the pot! the cure is in the refrigerator! It seemed the cure could always be found somewhere in the kitchen when we were growing up (On upset-stomach days my father would boil oregano leaves in water, strain the liquid and drink it, sweetened with a little honey; other improbable but wondrous mixtures included seltzer, baking soda, cumin and lemon juice). I dragged myself to my desk in the middle of the night, poking around online for “natural remedies for sore throat”. Of all the recommendations made, beside the familiar ones (lemon, salt, vinegar gargles, tea and honey etc), here are the ingredients that intrigued me: Turmeric, cloves, sage, green tea, cayenne, ginger, oregano, fenugreek. In short, back to the kitchen!
Good perennial tinkerer that I am, I had all the ingredients handy right in my pantry, and I started experimenting (what else did I have to do?), playing with different ratios to find the perfect sore throat remedy. My first batches, predictably, tasted downright vile, but I didn’t let that deter me, and just kept going. When I finally got a mixture that was tolerably drinkable, I made myself a cup of tea out of it, drank it, went back to bed, praying for sleep to come, and….you won’t believe this…. slept like a baby. Grateful and encouraged, I have been making myself a cup of tea with the mixture every morning and every night. No more coughing! No more frog in my throat! I even tried singing, and it sounded like singing not croaking. Could this be for real? I feel as if I hit gold, and I think all of you out there who are, like me, plagued by sore throats, might feel the way I do. Thinking about my success with my concoction, it all made sense: All the ingredients I used are powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and used all together in a single combination they act much more potent than the sum of their parts.
Let me reassure you: While the mixture doesn’t taste exactly like Pinacolada, it doesn’t taste anywhere near as offensive as those almost unimaginably bitter Chinese herbal mixtures many of us had to endure to alleviate some condition or other the holistic way. Rather, it tastes just, you know, a little funky, definitely something we can live with. Just line up, as I do, a little square of dark chocolate in lieu of a little pat in the back, to enjoy when you finish your drink. You will thank me for sharing this newfound secret! Five minutes work will leave you with a good two weeks’ supply. Here comes.
You want to use every ingredient in powdered form to make this sore throat remedy, so you can avoid the straining step. All are easy to find in good grocery stores and health food stores, but where I thought there would even be a small chance you might have trouble finding them, I have included a link to Amazon: All are inexpensive, and will arrive at your door in just a day or two. And if you are missing one or two ingredients, go ahead and make the tea mixture with the ones you do have, you will add the missing ones when you get them.
1/4 cup turmeric powder
3 tablespoons sage powder (including a link just in case)
1/4 cup ginger powder
3 tablespoons ground cloves
1/4 cup ground green tea (including a link just in case)
1/4 cup oregano powder (including a link just in case)
1/4 cup fenugreek powder (including a link just in case)
1 teaspoon cayenne powder: Here’s where I want you to proceed with caution. Some brands are incredibly hot. Start with 1 teaspoon. After your cup of tea with the mixture, add to the mixture if you think you can tolerate more. Cayenne is key in the mixture, so if it’s not brutally hot, more is even better.
Work in the sink, so as not to stain any counter space with the turmeric powder. Place all ingredients in a wide mouth quart glass jar. Complete with hot water to cover, screw on the top tightly, and mix the contents thoroughly with a spoon, making sure the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain. Mix one tablespoon of the mixture with 1 cup boiling water, a little more if it is not too strong for you. Some of the powder mixture will settle in the bottom of your cup, that’s OK, don’t mix again, leave that part behind. Drink the tea as is, or sweetened with your favorite sweetener (I don’t sweeten mine. Promise: It’s not so bad). Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature.