A sage-echinacea spray has been shown to relieve sore throat discomfort as effectively as antiseptic medication spray.
Although you may know sage as an herb used in cooking, it also has several medicinal uses.
It has been used to treat many inflammatory conditions, and controlled studies suggest it can help relieve throat pain.
Echinacea is another herb that is widely used in traditional medicine. It has been shown to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation.
Follow this recipe to make your own sage-echinacea throat spray at home:
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon ground echinacea
1/2 cup water
Boil water. Grind sage and echinacea if whole. Place herbs in a small jar and then fill with boiling water. Let steep for 30 minutes.
Pour mixture through strainer and then combine with 1/2 cup hard liquor (skip the liquor if you are an alcoholic or prefer to avoid alcohol for any reason).
A mixture of apple cider vinegar and water (equal parts) can be used instead of the alcohol.
Place in small spray bottle and spray into throat every two hours or as needed.
Discard after two weeks, or if it's gone "bad".
Soothing and cooling, it helps reduce fever and inflammation. It can be useful in treating sinus infections, bronchitis, sore throats and coughs. Violets can even help to shrink tumors and cancers. They are most effective when taken both internally and used externally as a poultice.
I personally use a violet tea for sore throat and it soothes and calms my coughs.
You can wild harvest flowers and leaves in spring, or buy dried here.
Also, I use an oil infusion of violets in my Violet Leaf Balm for painful breasts and lumps in breasts (buy here).
A sore throat is very uncomfortable! When you have a sore throat, you might find yourself reaching for a steaming cup of tea. For many people, there’s something soothing about the warmth, flavor, and aroma of tea and herbal infusions. Some blends may be especially helpful for relieving your symptoms.
Use this simple herbal recipe to soothe and heal your sore throat.
Optional flavors (choose one)
1.5 teaspoon peppermint leaves
2 teaspoons fennel seeds that have been crushed with a mortar and pestle (buy here)
1 teaspoon dried ginger root (buy here) and 1 teaspoon fresh grated lemon zest
Add all ingredients to a small pot, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer on low (covered) for 20 minutes. Strain out the herbs, if desired, and serve. The tea will be naturally sweet due to the licorice, but you can add honey and lemon slices if you wish.
The health benefits of hibiscus tea include its ability to treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol, disturbed digestive and immune system, inflammatory problems and liver diseases, as well as cancer. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss. It is rich in vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants and helps in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.
I mix my hibiscus tea with regular tea because hibiscus is slightly sour.
For 2 quarts. brew
Strain out herbs, add ½ cup sugar (or to taste). Serve over ice.
For 1 cup, brew
Strain out herbs, add 1 teaspoon honey or sugar (or to taste).
Mix butter and granulated sugar on medium for 2 minutes. Mix in whole egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add flour, herb, and salt, and mix until comibined.
You can seperate dough and add different herbs.
Half dough; shape each into a log. Roll in parchment paper and freeze for about 1 hour. Or, you may roll out the dough (don't freeze).
Preheat oven to 375. Brush each log with egg white and roll in sanding sugar if desired. Cut into 1/4 inch rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until edges are golden, 18-20 minutes. Let cool on sheets.
Lisa Ray, Herbalist
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