Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sore throat woes

This past week was total chaos.   Things were insane at work, there was almost no down-time at home either, and healthy eating dwindled to a minimum.  A sad state of affairs, for sure!

In light of all that, I can't say that it surprised me when I woke up this morning with a sore throat.  One of those that makes all the sinus connections in your head hurt.  So I used the neti pot on my nose, hydrogen peroxide rinse for my ears, and concocted the mother of all sore throat gargles.  I figured, why pin my throat comfort on just one gargle recipe with one ingredient.  So I combined several ingredients into one.

Oddly enough, I also think I stumbled upon a quick easy vegan/vegetarian broth base as well in the process!

So here is my Sore Throat Gargle info.  You have the option to make it acidic or alkaline, depending on your preferences.  From what I read, either can kill the bacteria, but some are more immune to acid while almost none are immune to alkaline. You should rinse out your mouth after using the gargle, especially if you use the acidic version.

Sore Throat Gargle

Start either version with
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp sea salt
Heat until very warm.

  • Add 1 tsp baking soda
  • Add 2 tsp ACV (apple cider vinegar), 1 tsp lemon, and 2 tsp honey.
Stir well.  Gargle for 1 minute.  Repeat in 15 minute intervals, then less often as the pain subsides.

If you don't have all the ingredients listed above (cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, etc) you can omit them as you wish.  They each have various "claims to cures" for sore throats.

Oh, and the vegan/vegetarian soup base?  All those optional ingredients!  Mix all of them with the amount of water that makes it palatable to your tastes.  1 cup water (as used in the gargle) will be very strong.

Vegan Soup Base
  • Water
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or less for less of a punch)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • pinch of sea salt

Well, it's time for me to gargle again, so wish me luck and I hope you all stay healthy this weekend!!

Any big Halloween plans this weekend?  Anybody else have sore throat remedies that help?  If so, I'm all ears!!