Sore throats are one of the worst and most uncomfortable symptoms of catching a cold. It always seems to creep up on you. Things start feeling scratchy, and then WAM! Pretty soon it’s too painful to even imagine trying to swallow.
I loathe getting a sore throat.
I would gladly trade most any other symptom to avoid it! There was one time several years ago when I got a nasty bug that was going around. The sore throat that ensued soon after catching it was soooo horrible, I had to spit every time I needed to swallow because the pain was otherworldly. I mean excruciating. And just in case you are wondering, I tested negative for strep too. The doctor I went to see shrugged and scribbled out a prescription for some pain meds and sent me on my way.
The pain meds didn’t work. This pained me even more because I had debated for hours over whether or not to even take them in the first place (I don’t like taking medicine, see). So I was left to figure out what else I might do to soothe the discomfort enough to where I could drink some fluids, since I’m pretty sure I was getting rather dehydrated.
So here it is: a super simple tea that anyone can make at home that is effective and doesn’t taste half bad to boot!
Homemade Throat Coat Tea for Sore Throats
Here’s What You’ll Need:
The main star in this tea that really works the best is going to be the slippery elm bark. The reason for this is that slippery elm has a very special affinity for moistening and soothing red, irritated mucous membranes, which is exactly what a sore throat is! You can also substitute marshmallow root or perhaps even licorice root. They both have similar properties.
If you do not happen to have slippery elm available, don’t worry! You can gargle with strong salt water with a squeeze of fresh lemon for several minutes to help soothe the throat a bit. Do this several times a day for best results.
• 5-6 thin slices of Fresh Ginger Root chopped into match sticks
Ginger is going to act as a great anti-inflammatory and will also ease the pain associated with sore throats. Be sure to chop it into thin sticks to get the most volatile oils out of it.
• The juice of half a Lemon
Fresh lemon juice is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent which is great for tightening irritated tissues. Lemon also contains a nice dose of vitamin C which we all know helps get rid of colds faster!
• 1 crushed clove of Fresh Garlic
It might sound strange to consider putting garlic in your tea, but believe me, it will do wonders! Garlic is highly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory… it’s pure gold when treating colds, flus, and sore throats.
Simply peel and then smash the clove with flat of your knife. Throw it in your mug with the rest of the ingredients.
• Raw Honey to taste (optional) (where to buy raw honey)
Everyone knows about the benefits of using raw honey for sore throats. You may even be hard pressed to find a sore throat tea without it.
Raw honey boasts many benefits, but most of all it’s very soothing for sore throats. I usually add about 1 TB to my tea.
Loving Preparation – Throat Coat Tea
• Prepare your ingredients and toss them into your mug.
• Pour boiling water over everything and steep, covered for 10-15 minutes
***Just an FYI, slippery elm makes this tea…well…a bit slippery! If this is not your cup of tea per se, then take it seperately. Perhaps in the form of Simple Slippery Elm Lozenges.
While still comfortably hot, sip the tea slowly until finished. I find that the hot temperature really helps, but feel free to let it cool a bit more if necessary.
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