Soothing Throat Spray and Gargle

3:17 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti

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I woke up with a sore throat the other day. I have dealt with a sore throat in various ways over the years but this time I decided to make a throat spray.

 A soothing throat spray is very useful during cold and flu season.  It is also applied straight to the area for extra soothing and healing effect. This my favorite throat spray designed by Valeri Cooksley that I modified some.

Throat Spray
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 historically used for sore throats according to Valeri Cooksley are:
frankincense, lemon, pine, hyssop, bergamot and lavender.

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. 

According to Valeri Cooksley, 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.

Before you leave:

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.

Check out my safety page to make sure you are aware of any contrindications before you use essential oils. Some oils are not suitable when suffering from certain conditions. AlsoRead this Before You Start Using Essential oils. Some oils should not be applied prior to sun exposure so make sure you check this list before spending time in the sun.

Not sure how to apply the oils? Visit these pages to learn how to apply the oils:
If you're new to essential oils you might want to check out my Getting Started Guide. 


Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 

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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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  1. realfoodforager said...

    Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

  2. Sustainable Eats said...

    Jo I love your posts - thanks for linking to SLT! I have a sore throat right now and never would have thought to include ACV. I've been using yew tip, lomatium and red root. Which by the way are disgusting. I think I'll go find some pine needles tomorrow! xo, Annette

  3. Jo's Health Corner/ said...

    Thanks Sustainable Eats. I hope that you find some relief for your sore throat.

  4. grannyirl5 said...

    The best, quickest way to get rid of a sore throat is to che on a small chunk of a fresh garlic cove, instant relief

  5. realfoodforager said...

    This great post is featured at Sunday Snippets this week! Thanks for sharing! Come and check it out!

  6. Jo's Health Corner/ said...

    Thanks for featuring my post at the Sunday Snippet Jill! I appreciate it..

  7. Jo's Health Corner/ said...

    Yes, garlic is amazing and a must to have at home during flu season.

  8. NaturalFamiLea said...

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later today when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  9. Natural Mothers Network said...

    Thank you so much for the sore throat spray and gargle, I love your posts! I'm so glad you dropped by and I really welcomed this contribution last week to the Seasonal Celebration Linky- a great collection of seasonal recipes, homemaking, crafts, homeschooling and motherhood thank you so much!
    Seasonal Celebration is live once more, so feel free to pop over and join this wonderful celebration of creative talent! Rebecca x

  10. Crystal said...

    I love using natural remedies when possible.

    Thanks for sharing this and your throat spray recipe. This was the #3 clicked idea shared at my mommy solution linky party last week.

    Have an awesome week and I look forward to seeing what you share this week.

  11. Jo Pedranti said...

    Thanks for hosting Crystal! I always find so many good things to check out on your blog hop. Have a great week too!

  12. Vinita Phord said...

    I used Natural Factors throat spray but I am curious to see what a homemade throat spray will be like. I will give it a try! Thanks.

  13. Jo Pedranti said...

    Let me know how you like it Vinita. Thanks for visiting.

  14. Katrina Burnett said...

    How long of a shelflife does this have once you make it?

  15. Katrina Burnett said...

    How long of a shelflife does this have, once you make it?