This past weekend we did an exhibition on Sustainable Living which included a lot of talking and interacting with many people. On Monday I started with a headache and by Tuesday my voice was scratchy and sore. By Wednesday I had no voice and was feeling lethargic and off colour. I had started taking extra Zinc and Vitamin C in case it was a cold or the flu, but on Wednesday knew that it was laryngitis brought on by a virus or by allergies which I am challenged with in Spring and Autumn.
Christine did a little research and suggested that I try a few natural products to ease my throat. They are: garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar (raw), honey (raw), peppermint essential oil, lemon essential oil, marshmallow root and slippery elm. All of these are here at home or in the herb room, so this is what I did:
- Throat syrup
2 cloves garlic
1 thumb sized piece of ginger
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup honey
1 drop peppermint pure essential oil
1 drop lemon pure essential oil
Slice the garlic and ginger into thin slices and place in a saucepan.
Add the vinegar and honey and put on stove over a low heat for 20 minutes. This helps the ginger and garlic to be infused into the honey/vinegar mixture.
Remove from the stove and allow to cool.
Strain liquid into a clean glass jar.
Add the peppermint and lemon essential oils
I took 2 dessertspoons of this mixture every hour or two the first day and three times a day on the second day. Keep mixture in the fridge.
1 Teaspoon Marshmallow root
1 teaspoon slippery elm powder
Place both herbs in saucepan.
Add 250ml water.
Place on stove and bring to the boil. Reduce to low heat, cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
Take off the heat and let it cool completely.
Strain and place in a glass jar. Store in the fridge.
Take 2 dessertspoons every hour or 2.
This is what happened.
The throat syrup loosened whatever mucous was causing the irritation and infection. Garlic, ginger and honey are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antioxidant. So, whatever was causing the trouble, this concoction covered it.
All the ingredients are infection fighting, so altogether, a very powerful mixture.
A note of warning: This mixture hurt my throat to begin with, because of the infection I presume? But during the day it became easier to swallow and so it is worth persevering.
The throat soother helped ease the pain and made it easier to swallow.
Both herbs contain mucilage that coats the throat and helps to relieve irritation.
Marshmallow root also reduces swelling in the lymph nodes, speeds up healing time and reduces the aggravating dry cough.
I am so happy to report that these powerful natural products have improved my well-being within a day. Tomorrow will be even better.
Lots of love