AilmentSore throat / Cough / Dry /Irritated Throat

Home-made remedies: 

  • Apple Cider Vinegar -  a major germ-buster! 1/2 tsp of ACV mixed in 1/2 cup of warm water + raw honey and drink
  • Olive Leaf Extract Throat Spray - combination of peppermint, lemon and sage are refreshing and soothing to the throat
  • Drink more FILTERED water - water will help your body heal and will keep your irritated throat moist. Stick with warm water, which will help to relieve the inflammation in your throat. Stick with filtered water, because many tests show city water contain sizable traces of antibiotics, hormones from birth control pills and chemicals from agricultural waste. It's in everyone's best interest to install a high end water filtration systemYou should drink half of your body weight in oz, so if you weight 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 oz of water. I always have a full stainless steel water bottle  near me (and refill it often), so I never walk around dehydrated.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Gargle Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic, killing off germs in the throat and the mouth that are causing the irritation. Likewise, hydrogen peroxide helps to eliminate inflammation, relieving pain. Make this your daily morning mouth hygiene routine to prevent any throat irritations.

Food & Herbs: 

  • Turmeric & Salt Gargle: Himalayan salt helps destroy bacteria that may be causing your infection and therefore reduces production of phlegm. Turmeric has strong antiseptic properties that help reduce phlegm by killing the bacteria that cause excessive mucus production. Also, turmeric helps strengthen the immune system. Directions: Mix: ½ cup of warm water + ½ tsp Himalayan salt + ¼ tsp powdered turmeric and gargle
  • Cayenne pepper & Honey Gargle: Cayenne pepper contains the chemical capsicum, a rich source of vitamin C that aids your immune system and promotes sweating, opens the sinuses, and encourages expectoration. Raw honey - contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties that kill those bacteria and gives complete relief from sore throat, reducing swelling and inflammation. Directions: Mix: ½ cup of warm water + a pinch of cayenne pepper & 1 tbsp of raw honey and gargle. You can also add honey to warm Honey & Chamomile tea
  • Ultimate Dry Cough Remedy - Boil 6 dates in 1/2 liter of goat milk for 25 minutes over low heat. Drink three cups a day
  • Ginger - reduces fevers, soothes sore throats, and encourages coughing to remove mucus from the chest. Mix 1 inch of grated ginger in 1 tbsp of raw organic honey and eat 3x/day
  • Lemon - Cuts through unwanted mucus, kills bacteria, and can help dull the pain in sore spots. Add a few slices to warm tea.
  • Garlic - stimulates the activity of immune system cells that destroy cold and flu viruses. Take a clove as a lozenge, bite it down slowly, releasing the allicin compounds slowly killing the virus and bacteria.
  • Horseradish Root - Horseradish is known to stimulate your lungs to cough out mucus from colds and flus while heating up your body.  Grate ½ – 1 tsp, put into mouth and hold, chew & swallow. Can also mix in with a tbsp of raw organic honey
  • Bone broth - You can either make your own by simmering chicken, beef or lamb bones for a few hours or use the powdered version.

Food Synergy:

  • Black Radish & Honey: Chop the top of the radish and scoop some of the flesh & add in honey, close back with the top of the radish & let it sit in a bowl in a fridge for a few hours. Drink the liquid produced and add more honey for another batch.
  • Garlic Tea - Crush 2-3 cloves of garlic (depending on how bold you are feeling, because raw garlic STINGS), in hot boiling water along with pieces of ginger, 1/2 tbsp of cayenne pepper, tea bag (preferably a chamomile or lemon) & honey. Let it steep, strain the pieces & drink warm.

Ayurveda:

  • Peel and chop six medium onions. Put the pieces in a container and add four tablespoons of honey. Cover and leave them in a water bath over low heat for two hours. Strain and take one tablespoon every three hours.
  • Vasaka Herb Liquid - aka Ayurvedic Cough syrup, which promotes bronchial comfort while strengthening & rejuvenating the respiratory system

Supplements:

  • Wild Cherry Coffaway - Cough Syrup from TriLight Health.
  • Wild Cherry Bark - offers soothing demulcent herbs in conjunction with botanicals traditionally used to tonify the lungs

EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE)

Essential oils:

Can either be applied topically onto skin (throat, wrists, neck, bottoms of the feet) mixed in with another carrier oil like coconut oil, can be inhaled via steam, added to diffuser or a humidifier or gargled with or can even be swallowed in an empty capsule if you are SURE they are high quality. 

  • Peppermint Oil -  the antioxidant, antimicrobial and decongestant properties of peppermint essential oil can help alleviate a sore throat. Menthol also helps to sooth and calm sore throats as well as thin mucus and break up coughs. Ideal for steam inhalation and applying topically onto the neck with another oil

  • Eucalyptus oil - due to its ability to stimulate immunity, provide antioxidant protection and improve respiratory circulation. Ideal for steam inhalation and applying topically onto the neck with another oil

  • Oregano oil - has antifungal and antiviral properties helping to relieve a sore throat. Ideal for gargling with and applied topically onto the feet with another oil. Be careful, this is a HOT oil, it will burn unless you mix it in with another oil and use VERY little, it is POTENT

  • Rosemary oil - relieves respiratory disorders including sinus infections, asthma, a whooping cough, and bronchitis. Ideal for steam inhalation and applying topically onto the neck with another oil

  • Hyssop - relieves sore throats. Ideal for steam inhalation and applying topically onto the neck with another oil

Exercise/Yoga: 

  • Fish pose - opens the throat. Lie on a yoga mat on your back. Curve your tailbone under. Keep your legs together and your toes pointed. Slide your hands, palms down, underneath your buttocks. Hug your elbows close to your sides. On an inhalation, lift your upper torso and head off the floor. Tip your head back and lower the back of your head back onto the floor. Press down with your hands and elbows to keep your chest uplifted. Breathe long and evenly as you stay in Fish Pose for up to one minute.
  • Supported Half Shoulder Stand - inverted poses to increase the circulation of lymphatic fluids, thereby filtering out various viruses and bacteria through the lymph nodes. The rush of blood toward your head when you become inverted stimulates the throat and its glands. Stack two to three thin blankets or towels one on top of the other on your yoga mat. Lie down on your mat positioning the folded blankets under your neck, shoulders and back. Leave your head free to settle on the mat. Lift your feet off the floor and bend your knees toward your chest. In one swift movement, lift your buttocks off the floor and straighten your legs to 45 degrees in relation to the floor. Place your hands under your hips for support. Breathe normally as you hold this pose for up to three minutes.

Breathing Exercises:

  • Lions Breathing - activates the immune glands of the tonsils and the lymph nodes in the neck
    • Take a deep inhalation through the nose. On the exhalation, open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue out, curling its tip down toward the chin, open your eyes wide, contract the muscles on the front of your throat, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth with a distinct “ha” sound. The breath should pass over the back of the throat. You can roar two or three times

Acupressure: 

Location: Between the shoulder blade and the spine at the level of the heart.

Benefits: Relieves coughing, breathing difficulties, and respiratory problems. This calming point also helps balance the emotions.

Ding Chuan (Extra Point 17) Location: To the side and a little above the vertebra that protrudes at the top of the spine when the head is tilted downward. Benefits: Relieves throat problems, coughing, shoulder and neck pain, and thyroid imbalances. Heavenly Pillar (13 10) Location: One-half inch below the base of the skull on the ropy muscles one-half inch out from either side of the spine. Benefits: Relieves sore throat, stress, burnout, overexertion, and heaviness in the head. Heaven Rushing Out (CV 22) Location: At the base of the throat in the large hollow directly below the Adam's apple. Benefits: Relieves dry cough, bronchitis, sore throat, chest congestion, and heartburn. Elegant Mansion (K 27) Location: In the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone. Benefits: Relieves chest congestion, breathing difficulties, asthma, coughing, and anxiety.    (You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a cough can be effective.)

Ding Chuan (Extra Point 17)

Location: To the side and a little above the vertebra that protrudes at the top of the spine when the head is tilted downward.

Benefits: Relieves throat problems, coughing, shoulder and neck pain, and thyroid imbalances.

Heavenly Pillar (13 10)

Location: One-half inch below the base of the skull on the ropy muscles one-half inch out from either side of the spine.

Benefits: Relieves sore throat, stress, burnout, overexertion, and heaviness in the head.

Heaven Rushing Out (CV 22)

Location: At the base of the throat in the large hollow directly below the Adam's apple.

Benefits: Relieves dry cough, bronchitis, sore throat, chest congestion, and heartburn.

Elegant Mansion (K 27)

Location: In the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone.

Benefits: Relieves chest congestion, breathing difficulties, asthma, coughing, and anxiety. 
 

(You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a cough can be effective.)

 

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