Sore throat – be gone! – a guest blog by Lindsay Hunek

Spring is in the air and doesn’t that mean we’re supposed to feel refreshed?  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me when I woke up this morning with one heck of a nasty sore throat.  Whether the cause of your throat is viral or bacterial,  it’s worth trying these natural healing remedies to help relieve some of the symptoms or better yet, prevent the infection from occurring in the first place. What we put in our bodies is one of the most, if not, THE most important preventative measure of contracting several types of infections and diseases as well as fast-tracking the healing process if we are sick.  Below are two of my favourite healing (and preventative) recipes, as well as a few remedies to battle that sore throat.

You will notice a similar trend in the recipes and remedies outlined below; many of the ingredients overlap.  This is not a fluke! What purpose do these ingredients serve anyways?

Garlic – antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal properties

Salt – mild antiseptic properties

Turmeric – Natural anti-inflammatory, increases anti-oxidant capacity of the body

Ginger – Anti-inflammatory, inhibits the growth of many types of bacteria in the body, anti-nauseant, aids in digestion

Onion – Reduces inflammation, can aid in healing infections, contains Vitamin C and many phytochemicals which help improve immunity

Pure cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil (unprocessed, unrefined) – Immune system booster, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral,

Miracle Healing Broth (inspired by Angela Liddon)

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1 tbsp virgin coconut oil

1 medium yellow onion – diced

2 pieces of celery

6-8 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1-2 tbsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp ground turmeric

½ can coconut milk or 1 can light coconut milk (useful tip: adding water to ½ can of full fat coconut milk is the same as 1 full can of light coconut milk, yet they are the same price.  Save yourself some money and buy the full fat coconut milk!)

¼ tsp fine sea salt, or to taste

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste

½ tsp fresh lemon juice (I actually used ½ lemon but I prefer a strong citrus presence in many recipes)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a medium pot, melt the oil over low-medium heat.
  2. Add in the onion, garlic, celery and ginger and stir until the onion is softened or translucent.
  3. Stir in the turmeric, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  4. Stir in coconut milk, bring to a low simmer over medium-high heat.  I let my soup simmer for approximately 20-30 minutes to really bring out the flavours.
  5. Let the soup cool for one hour.  Once it is room temperature, toss it in the blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Throw on a cozy pair of sweats, slippers and enjoy!

Healing Power Smoothie

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1 generous handful of fresh pineapple chunks

1 handful EACH of fresh parsley, mint, and cilantro

1 tbsp virgin coconut oil OR full fat coconut milk

¼ fresh squeezed lemon

1-2 tbsp freshly grated ginger

2-3 ice cubes

1 cup coconut water or filtered water

1 tsp honey (non-pasteurized)

Blend all items until smooth!

Gargle, Gargle, Gargle!!!

Gargling remedies can temporarily relieve the pain of a sore throat and promote healing.  Gargle either or both of these solutions several times per day:

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Dash of powdered cayenne

OR:

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp sage (contains astringent compounds that temporarily relieve pain)
  • 1 tsp salt

Pour the boiling water over the sage and steep for 10 minutes.  Strain and add salt.  Let cool before gargling of course.

Oil of oregano 

This herbal oil is a powerful antimicrobial and similar to garlic, it possesses several different healing properties.  It helps fight off infection, has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  I place a few drops in a cup of water three to five times per day when I am infected and twice a day when I am not infected to boost that immune system!  If you aren’t a fan of the taste (to be honest, it’s about a       -100 on the taste scale when compared to a tasty glass of red), you can buy oregano oil capsules to save you the agony of downing an oregano oil cocktail.

Echinacea with elderberry

Echinacea stimulates the immune system to overcome infection.  Elderberry prevents the virus from replicating.  I am a big fan of A. Vogel Echinaforce Extra.  I sip on this hot drink three times daily if I have an infection and one to two times daily for preventative measures.

Hopefully these remedies help you out the next time you start to feel under the weather.  In the meantime, feed your body with a little love and I promise, it will love you back!

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