Things I've done in the past:
- add a few drops of tea tree, lavender, geranium, or pine to a tiny amount of water and gargled.
- a few drops of Thieves oil blend and use as a throat spray or gargle.
- inhale or apply to throat,chest, back of neck, essential oils such as cypress, lemon, thyme, oregano (dilute well since oregano is an irritant), frankincense, peppermint or myrrh.
- add a few drops of lemon essential oils to honey water.
- drinking slippery elm tea with some added raw honey, lemon, and or essential oils
- Echinacea spray
- apply warm essential oil compress
- apply essential oils to the lung Vita Flex Points on the bottom of the feet
1/2 cup of Chamomile herbal tea
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon raw honey or sage honey - see below for instructions
3 drops of lemon
1 drop frankincense
1 drop of tea tree
Or use your own essential oils combination. Other oils traditionally used for sore throats are:
Geranium, pine, cypress, thyme, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, cajuput, sandalwood, niaouli.
Make sure that you use high quality essential oils that has been recommended as dietary supplements.
Brew the herbal tea and strain it well. Add the vinegar to the herbal tea, mix the essential oils with the honey and add to the tea mix. Pour it into a glass spray bottle and shake well before each use. One to two spray is enough each time. Use wisely three times a day. Don't eat within 15 minutes after using the spray.
1 1/2 cups of raw honey
1/4 fresh sage leaves
Heat honey over low heat. Add the sage leaves and heat gently until the sage leaves become dry. Strain with a slotted spoon or sieve. Pour the honey into a clean glass jar. You can add a fresh sage leaf or two to the final honey.
You can also use herbal teas as a base for a gargle when the lymph nodes are swollen.
1 cup thyme or sage herbal tea. Water will work too. You can also combine the thyme and sage.
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sage honey
1 drop geranium
1 drop pine
1 drop lemon
Brew the herbal tea and strain. Add apple cider vinegar. Mix the essential oils with the honey and then add to the warm herbal tea. Stir well and pour into a dark glass bottle. Shake the bottle before use and gargle three times a day. Don't eat right after you gargle. You can of also gargle with just the herbal tea and honey, and you can also choose your own essential oil combination.
Thyme and sage are antibacterial and astringent and apple cider vinegar is said to alleviate sore throats and colds. The essential oils in this blend are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiphlogistic, astringent and antiviral.
Make sure that you look over the safety page.
Aromatherapy Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal, Valeri Gennari Cooksley, R.N, Prentice Hall Press, 2002.
Essential Oils Intergrative Medical Guide, Gary Young, ND, Essential Science Publishing, 2006
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Salvatore Battaglia, The Perfect Potion Pty Ltd, 1997
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