Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sore Throat -Home remedy

Sore Throat: Serious or Not?

Before you start treating that sore throat ask yourself a couple of questions:
  • Is it severe?
  • Prolonged? More than a few days?
  • Is there difficulty in swallowing?
  • Difficulty in breathing?
  • Unusually high fever?
  • Lump in neck?
  • Joint pain?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you should probably try to get in to see the Ayurvedic doctor, or whatever medical professional you use. If not, then try some of the following methods.


There are several gargles that can be used to relieve the pain of a sore throat. Generally a gargle will help cure the sore throat by changing the acidity of the throat to one that the bacteria cannot survive.

  • Salt water- dissolve as much salt in a cup of warm water as will dissolve and gargle with the mixture. Repeat every couple of hours
  • Aspirin water - dissolve 4 aspirin (not Tylenol or ibuprofen) in 1 c warm water and gargle. Repeat every couple of hours
  • Vinegar- Add 1 tablespoonful of cider vinegar to 1 cup warm water and gargle. Repeat every couple of hours
  • Sage-1 tsp sage to 1 c warm water. Repeat a 3x daily
  • Garlic- boil 1 clove garlic in 1 cup water, cool to lukewarm and gargle
  • Listerine- It does kill germs, gargle with it a couple of times a day
  • Aloe Vera - gargle with aloe vera juice
  • Vinegar Mix- one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and three tablespoons of organic, raw honey in a cup of warm water.
  • Any herbal tea that is recommended for sore throat can also be gargled

Herbal Teas

There are many herbal teas that are good for sore throats as well as boosting the immune system:

  • Traditional Medicines Throat Coat
  • Slippery elm
  • Wild Cherry
  • Licorice

Various Remedies

There are other home remedies that don't fit in either category. Some of them are:

  • Make a syrup of honey and lemon and onion by sweating 1 sliced onion until soft and then adding 1 c honey and 1 c lemon juice. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  • Colloidal silver, 500pp. Take 15 drops by mouth 4x a day
  • Colloidal silver, spray. Use to spray throat. If you do not have this available add 1/4 tsp colloidal silver to 1/4 c filtered water and use as a spray.
  • Hold a couple of pieces of sliced, fresh garlic in your mouth like a cough drop, chewing it once in awhile.
  • Homeopathic Belladonna, 30x every 30 minutes until symptoms subside
  • Zinc-get the lozenges and allow to dissolve
  • Vitamin C
  • Propolis as a spray
  • Trilight herbs- Vira-mune
  • Trilight herbs-Throat care
  • Trilight herbs- scout out
  • Trilight herbs-lympha rub
  • Herbs For Kids- Cherry Bark Blend
  • Herbs for Kids-Eldertussin

Lots of Rest

People don't rest when they are sick much anymore. Most of the time we try to get some chemical medication into our bodies to bring it to a functioning level, and then we work more. No wonder we get sick!

The best thing to do when you are ill is to stay in bed. Drink lots of filtered water. Eat fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamin C. Eat pumpkin seeds for the high zinc content. Relax, sleep and allow your body to heal.

Acid reflux Food


What acid reflux foodstuffs must I ban? The greater part of acid reflux sufferers are perplexed by this question. Changes in lifestyle and diet are seen to be natural components of any long-term holistic GERD treatment and are also inseparable. A preference for healthy foods and selective nutrition to increase the suitable and decrease the unsuitable can bring long-term health benefits to acid reflux sufferers.

Reducing consumption of unsuitable foods and adopting new dietary habits particularly to help digestion for acid reflux sufferers could bring about a hugely positive effect on your current condition of gastro esophageal reflux disease. The food we eat is determinant in the maintenance of the delicate and natural internal equilibrium of our bodies. Certain dietary habits and nutrition have been found to contribute indirectly or directly to the worsening of GERD. These kinds of foods are:

1. Drinks with caffeine content such as coffee provoke increases in acidity, so stay away from large volumes of coffee. When you can, halve your cup of coffee to give two half cups and drink less coffee before going to bed. Do not exceed two cups of coffee per day and drink less if possible.

2. Alcohol is also a potential irritant for the stomach and relaxant for the LES muscle, also causing more acidity and reflux.

3. Foods with high fat content take longer to be digested and your body finds it more difficult to eliminate them. They increase the risk that acid refluxes into your esophagus and are among the worst criminals for gastro esophageal reflux disease symptoms. The exceptions are fish and fish oil omega-3 fatty acids that are in fact strong anti-inflammatory substances.

4. If you are a chocolate addict, make dark, organic types your preference and do not exceed two or three minuscule squares two or three times in any week. Because it contains large amounts of caffeine and fat, chocolate can also boost acidity, worsening digestion, and for that reason should not be eaten.

5. Before going to bed, avoid consuming milk and products based on milk that are rich in calcium.

6. Avoid strong mint in food and also herbal tea that is mint-based. Acid reflux symptoms can be worsened by peppermint and spearmint amongst others.

7. Opening of the esophageal sphincter is also triggered by cruciferous vegetables (such as spinach, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage) and foods high in acid (oranges and tomatoes for example) resulting in more acid reflux.

After that, which acid reflux food must you take out of your diet? No matter what level your acid reflux level is at, when you choose a better quality of life, you can literally opt to stop GERD permanently, by taking the holistic approach. You can move to eradicate gastro esophageal reflux disease and put your well-being and quality of life on a new level, by making these changes in your diet and having the right motivation to change your lifestyle. The power to solve the problem will be yours.