This past weekend at my sister in law's wedding they allowed people to smoke inside the building. I am not a smoker and do not like being around smoke. As the evening went on, the smoke in the room formed a cloud and I was happily obliged to go tilt back a few windows at the back of the hall to allow some of that disgusting smoke to escape. Anyways, here it is Tuesday and I've been battling a sore throat since the day after the wedding. I don't believe I have a virus because there are no other symptoms besides a sore, itchy, hot throat and lots of coughing and blowing my nose... I forgot to mention I also have allergies and they may be a culprit in this light cold that has clung to me.
As a speaker it is extremely important I avoid sickness like this if possible because my voice is how I deliver my messages, shoot videos for my website and make phone calls to run my international company. At this moment it would not be a good day to do any of them because my voice is so raspy.
So, I thought what better way to start my day than to blog to you all of the natural remedies I use to heal myself. I hope you give a few of these a try before running to the drug store. Trust me they work and your putting life-giving nutrition in your body to help support your immune system rather than override it with chemicals.
What you can do for a sore throat
• For fast and effective sore throat relief, nothing beats an old-fashioned saltwater gargle. Salt acts as a mild antiseptic, and also draws water out of mucous membranes in the throat which helps to clear phlegm. Dissolve a half teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water, gargle and spit out. Repeat up to four times a day.
• Alternatively, gargle with a baking-soda solution. Dissolve one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water.
• Run a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom. Adding moisture to the air will help keep the air from drying out and prevent the lining of your throat from becoming too dry. If you don’t have a humidifier, do what I have been doing and boil a small pot of water and add a herbal tea... once the water comes to a boil carefully put it on the table and place your head over the pot and cover your head with a towel to allow all of the steam to trapped so you can breath it in... this is really great and trust me you will feel immediate relief from this. Caution... Be careful to not burn yourself from the steam.
• Quit smoking. Cigarette smoke is extremely irritating to the lining of the throat.
* Breathe through your nose, rather than your mouth. It’s a natural way to humidify the air you breathe. Avoid being around people or in closed area with smokers.... like I didn't avoid and now am paying the price.
Here's a thought...
• If you’re plagued with a sore throat that seems to come back time and time again, buy a new toothbrush. Bacteria collect on the bristles, and if you injure your gums as you brush, they can enter your system and re-infect you.
Some more remedies
• Honey has long been used as a sore throat remedy. It has antibacterial properties, which can help speed healing. It also acts as a hypertonic osmotic, which means that it draws water out of inflamed tissue. This reduces the swelling and discomfort. Add several teaspoons to 1 cup of hot water or herbal tea.
• Hot lemonade with honey can also relieve pain. Combine the juice of half a lemon with hot water.
• Take vitamin C three times a day. Whether your sore throat is caused by a cold, the flu or strep, this vitamin will help boost your immune system and fight off infection. Reduce the dose if you develop diarrhea.
• Echinacea. This herb’s antibacterial and antiviral properties will speed healing.
• Garlic, as another aid to fight off infection. Dried garlic has potent antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Some Romanian Folk Remedies for Sore Throat
Drink herbal teas made from a mixture of sage, colt’s foot, plantain, field horsetail, St. John’s wort, yarrow, chamomile (make an infusion of all the above) and add a few drops of Swedish bitter.
Interesting Idea... Turn on the Jazz
Billie Holiday fans are in luck here. Research has shown that listening to jazz for 30 minutes boosts our levels of Immunoglobulin A (IgA), an immune protein that plays a critical role in defending against infection. “IgA resides in the mucosa — the lining of the nose, mouth, throat and other areas of the body. It acts as an antibody and prevents virus, bacteria and other microorganism infection,” explains Jean-Jacques Dugoua, a naturopathic doctor (ND) and director of clinical pharmacology and naturopathic medicine for Newtopia.com.
Furthermore, adds Dr. Dugoua, the effect of jazz on IgA levels continues for an additional half hour after music stops playing. Bluegrass, choral music and soft rock have also been shown to induce a similar response, meaning that Air Supply fans are in luck too.
***Information credited to Besthealthmag.ca
Have a beautiful day friends,
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