Some sore throats aren’t that big a deal. But then there’s the kind that leaves you wincing every time you have to swallow or talk or breathe.
It was that kind of sore throat that made me gather up the courage to try Rosemary Gladstar’s “Good Gargle for a Bad Throat” from her excellent book Medicinal Herbs. Rosemary jokes that people get addicted to this nasty concoction because it works so well.
It sure worked for me.
I’m definitely not dying to have another sore throat so I can put it to work again, but am glad to have an herbal remedy at my finger tips that soothes the pain and helps the throat heal amazingly quickly, even if it is quite nasty!
I am not a doctor or a nurse. The only hospital I have ever worked at is a doll hospital. There, a band-aid can cure a heart attack. As always, please do you own research and talk to your health care provider if your condition is serious.
Herbal Gargle for a Sore Throat
adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 T. dried sage
- 1 tsp goldenseal root
- 1 T. sea salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
- Boil water. Steep the sage and goldenseal [If the goldenseal is in its root form. If it’s powdered wait.] for 30-45 minutes, keeping covered. Strain.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Gargle 1-2 teaspoons for as long as you can stand every 30 to 60 minutes until the sore throat abates.
Fight sore throats
If each gulp leaves you wincing, fight back with this powerful herbal gargle for a sore throat.