If there's ever a sign that I'm doing too much, my throat is the first to tell me. At first it's the feeling of a slight tickle, then all too quickly, the white spots appear followed by the razor blades and the dreadful pain that comes from swallowing. Then of course there's the golf balls in my neck. Many of you know the feeling, yes?
Of course with tonsillitis or strep throat there often comes a dose of antibiotics, and might say - how fortunate we are to have access to modern medicine at such times!
These days I'm armed with natural remedies as my first call to action, I'll pull out every remedy known to man before I call in the 'big guns'. Over the years this has become a wonderfully empowering journey; the notion that I can often support my health at home before racing to the Dr or the pharmacy.
So it was that I devised my very own natural sore throat remedy, a concoction of pure essential oils, raw apple cider vinegar and salty water, my first point of call at the slightest hint of a sore throat and throughout the recovery journey.
Let's meet the key ingredients.
Raw apple cider vinegar - what's not to love about this vinegar, with it's antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Sea salt. Salt cleanses the area, helps prevent bacteria from growing and relieves inflammation. At the very least this should be our first point of call during such testing times!
Pure essential oils. Of course it's pertinent we select 100% pure essential oils for their therapeutic value. Always check the ingredients on the back of your bottle and never presume that if the bottle says 'pure essential oil' it actually is. Many contain synthetic fillers and other nasties.
My oil brand of choice is doTERRA, namely for its potency and purity and it's rigorous third party testing reassuring me that I am getting exactly what I'm paying for.
On Guard blend. This is one of doTERRA's most popular ready made blends said to support healthy immune and respiratory function. It contains clove, nature's most powerful antioxidant therefore supporting our body's natural antioxidant defenses. On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system.
Oregano oil. This is one of the most powerful essential oils available and has been used throughout history for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. Its often referred to as nature's most powerful antibiotic. Oregano oil is used to help reduce bacterial and fungal infections, candida, allergies, inflammations and viruses, all without the side effects of antibiotics.
Tea Tree Oil. Best known for its purifying, antiseptic properties, tea tree supports a healthy immune function and is widely used in shampoos, cleaning products, deodorants and toothpaste because of it's cleansing, antibacterial properties.
Lemon Oil. Lemon is a cleansing and purifying oil that is said to soothe the throat, support healthy respiratory function and lift energy.
Sore Throat Gargle Recipe.
1 small glass of warm water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cap full of raw apple cider vinegar
1 drop each of lemon, On Guard, Oregano and Tea Tree Oils
Combine all the ingredients in a glass. Gargle at the first sign of infection (do not swallow!) and for as long as the infection remains. During early stages of infection I try and gargle ever 1-1.5 hours during the day.
Here's to a razor blade free throat, soonest!