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Herbal Remedies: Sore Throat & Coughs

A cough, sore throat or even laryngitis….simply indications that your sore throat involves your vocal cords….are really more Symptoms than actual Illnesses.  What causes these symptoms?

 

 

 

Infection

Simple irritation

Result of a Cold or Flu

Strep Throat

Viral Laryngitis

 

Coughing is Beneficial

Coughing can actually be beneficial…it’s the body’s way of clearing the airways so that you can breathe.  It also helps rid the body of mucus, which you DO want to get OUT of the body!

But after awhile, all that coughing starts to irritate the throat.  This is where herbs can come to the rescue!  Herbal cough drops or herbal cough syrup help reduce the irritation that makes you cough and also diminishes the pain.

Using a cough drop or syrup bring the herbs more into direct contact with your throat…coating and soothing your throat much better than tinctures or tea will.

 

Helpful Herbs

Anise

Eucalyptus

Fennel

Peppermint

Thyme

Marshmallow

Licorice

Slippery Elm

Plantain

All of these herbs have been used to craft remedies for aiding sore throats and coughing.

Anise, eucalyptus, fennel, peppermint and thyme are used quite a lot in cough medications; they are quite tasty and they work by shutting down the brain’s coughing center.

Marshmallow, licorice and slippery elm are great sore throat soothers.  Marshmallow was suggested as a cough remedy i fourth century B.C. by the Greek physician Theophrastus.  Native Americans have long used the bark of the Slippery Elm tree to stop coughs.  Native Americans made a tea of Slippery Elm, created a gargle and even chewed on small pieces of the bark when they had sore throats.

Plantain is another good remedy and quite popular in Germany, China and Russia.  Research in these countries showed that this herb stops coughing, wheezing and chest pain from bronchitis.

 

Helpful Essential Oils

Eucalyptus

Lavender

Cinnamon

Black Pepper

Lemon

Thyme

Marjoram

Rosemary

Basil

Peppermint

 

Natural Anti-biotics

Numerous scientific studies support the claim that garlic is a “natural antibiotic”.  Researchers have found it to be particularly good at fighting strep infections.  Other herbs that are good fighters are:

Berberine

Goldenseal

Barberry

Oregon Grape Root

 

Lavender

 

Laryngitis EO Steam Remedy

3 C. Water

1/4 tsp  Lavender & Eucalyptus

Bring water to a simmer, turn off and remove from heat.

Add essential oils.  Set pot where you can sit down next to it, place your face over the pot, drape head with towel to form mini-sauna. Breathe in the steam.  Repeat 3 rounds at least 3X a day.

 

Sage

 

Sage Gargle

1 C Boiling Water

2 tsp Sage Leaves

Salt

Pour boiling water over sage leaves, cover and steep 20 minutes.

Strain, add salt and gargle as needed.

Store in refrigerator, will keep for several days.

Substitutions: Marjoram, Thyme, Hyssop.

 

Plantain

 

Honey Cough Syrup

1 TBSP EACH Licorice root, Marshmallow root, Plantain leaf

1 tsp Thyme leaf

1 pint water

4 TBSP Honey (Raw, organic)

4 oz Glycerin

1/8 tsp Anise Essential Oil

Prepare a triple-strength tea by simmering herbs in water for 10 minutes, then steeping in the water for 20 minutes.

Strain tea, stir in honey and glycerin while warm.  Add essential Oil.

Take 1 TBSP as needed (Adults) 1/2 TBSP (Children)

**DO NOT give to infants**

Stored in a cool place will keep for 2 weeks, in the refrigerator will keep for several months!

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Sore Muscle Relief

I don’t quite like the feeling of muscle soreness. Do you? It’s just irritating. Every small or involuntary action that you make, like lifting your hand, for example, sends spasms of raw muscle pain and waves of discomfort up your body, making you take every step cautiously. Muscle soreness thwarts every small action that you’ve set up for yourself and that is no way to live. That is why sore muscle relief becomes important and that is exactly what we will be discussing today. Continue reading for various ways to get rid of sore muscles.

What are Sore Muscles?

Sore neck and shoulder muscles

 

Typically you’ll experience sore muscles after workout or a strenuous day of physical activity. This is caused by Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). This occurs when there is a sudden change in activity that exerts more pressure on the muscles and causes exertion. The muscles becomes sore as a result of that and take some time to adjust to the sudden pressure that is put on them. If you continue to exert the same pressure on the muscles then they will get used to the stress and the pain will diminish.

Muscle soreness should not be confused with a sprain or strain in the muscles which are caused by a sudden jerking action. You will typically experience sore muscles after 8-12 hours of physical activity unlike a sprain. The burning sensation that sore muscles have to is caused by the lactic acid build up in muscles. This is released in the body to supply the excess need of oxygen which is not possible for the blood to fulfill. Being an acid, it burns every time the muscle is moved.

 

What a Pain in the neck!

Natural Methods of Relief

The sore muscles and joints pain isn’t pleasant even though you know that something good has brought it on. Then what is one to do about it? Continue to bear it or take some measures to remedy the pain? Here are some muscle sore relief methods that you can take up.

 Cold Packs or Hot Packs…or Both?

Hot Packs – Soreness, overexertion

Cold Packs – Injury, inflammation

 

Kat’s Handmade Herbal Hot/Cold Packs

 

The most effective sore muscle remedy is Hot Packs. Better still, take a warm bath, shower or sit in a jacuzzi right after a strenuous workout for instant relief.  By using a Hot Pack or some other warm therapy you soothe the aching muscles and also send fresh blood/lymph to the area to “clean” out the lactic acid and wastes/toxin build-up.  Apply this Hot Pack for 10-20 minutes several times a day for a day or two.

Cold Packs are specifically for treating injured or inflamed conditions.  Cold reduces the blood flow to the muscles by constricting the blood vessels. Therefore, the pain and inflammation will ebb away. If a Cold bath is not possible then use a cold pack on the injured/inflamed muscles and the pain and inflammation will die down. Apply these cold packs for 15-20 minutes every hour for the first two to three days.

Both Hot Packs and Cold Packs can be used in some situations quite effectively as contrast therapy.  When you need to bring the healing power of fresh blood/lymph to the area AND bring down inflammation contrast therapy is perfect for this.  If inflammation IS present, start with a Cold pack; 10 minutes on and then transition to a Hot Pack; 10 minutes on.  Cycle a few more time and do this at least 2-3 times per day for 2-3 days.

 

Over-the-Counter Medicines

Certain anti-inflammatory capsules are designed to reduce the pain and ease the symptoms of sore muscles. These would include aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen etc. Make sure to consult your doctor before taking these pills.

 

Herbal Medication

If you aren’t into the synthetic medication forms, then you can try some herbal medicines. Ginger, dong quai, St. John’s wort, sage, arnica, devil’s claw and others are known to lead to instant relief.

 

Gel, cream, pill…Arnica is superior at natural pain control

Arnicare Cream, Horizontal, 2.5 Ounce Sore Muscle Relief
Arnica Montana by Hyland’s Homeopathic – 250 tablets, 30X Sore Muscle Relief

Other Methods for Relieving Sore Muscles

  • Giving the sore muscles a light massage with the help of aromatic oils is known to provide relief.

Aahhh…Massage!

 

  • Doing light stretches will help to open the constricted muscles and lead to relief.

 

 

Gently, slowly, easy.

 

  • Swimming is another very effective way of bringing in sore muscle relief. The movement of muscles used helps to reduce the inflammation and pain.
  • Start taking vitamin supplements to aid the body in handling the stress.
  • To prevent sore muscles after running or jogging or any other physical sport, make sure that you do some warm up exercises, that focuses on working all muscle groups.
  • Increase the intensity of the workout steadily so that it does not lead to a strain on the muscles and cause sore muscles.
  • Drink water, water, water, water!
  • Gentle stretching after Hot Pack use is highly recommended!

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