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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".
Lisa Ray, Herbalist
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