Herbal remedies for sore throat
Phytotherapy: Medicinal plants to cure sore throat
The primary role of phytotherapy in the treatment of sore throat is to use those plants with the following purposes:
– Germicidal plants : able to kill many germs that produce sore throat.
– Mucilage plants to soften the irritated throat
– Anti inflammatory plants, able to reduce throat or tonsils inflammation.
– Analgesic plants , which will reduce pain
Medicinal plants for sorethroat
– Aloe (Aloe vera) Aloe possesses antiseptic germicide, anti inflammatory, moisturizing and regenerative properties,. Applied on the skin, it turns out to be one of the best remedies against most of the diseases affecting it (Gargles with the juice diluted in water)
– Arnica (Arnica montana) Perform gargles with the liquid of the infusion of one teaspoon of dried plant per cup of water) (Dilute 20 drops of tincture in a glass of water and rinse your mouth. (Do not swallow the liquid) (See toxicity or possible contraindications in the study of this plant)
– Echinacea (Echinacea ssp.) (1000 mg daily supplement of echinacea divided into 5 doses) (In external use, you can also make mouthwashes with the juice of the fresh plant or dilute a few drops of tincture in water to do mouthwashes)
– Lime: (Citrus aurantifolia) (Infusion of a teaspoon of dried leaves or a piece of lime rind, 3 times a day. Combine with plants that relieve sore throat caused by coughing, such as plantain, mallow or marshmallow).
– Kumquat: (Fortunella spp) (Take the fruits with skin. Syrup: 1kg. Kumquats, 1kg. Sugar, 2 liters of water, grated ginger (juice), 20ml. Lime juice).
– Walnut (Juglans regia) The astringent and germicidal properties of this plant can be profited to carry out gargles to treat affections of the respiratory tract such as sore throat or pharyngitis. (10% infusion of dried leaves in a liter of water. Make gargles)
– Oak (Quercus spp.) Gallic acid, besides being astringent, has anti-inflammatory properties because of flavonoids. (Decoction of a teaspoon of ground bark for each glass of water. (5 g.) Drink 2 glasses)
– Vervain (Verbena officinalis) (Infusion of a teaspoon of dried plant per cup of water for 10 minutes. Drink 2 or three cups a day)
– Lemon tree (Citrus limonum) Before the appearance of tonsillitis or sore throat, it can be useful to carry out gargles with the juice.
– Spiny restharrow (Ononis spinosa) (Perform gargles with the fluid resulting from an infusion of one tablespoon of dried plant per cup of water.
Restharrow flowers and leaves
– Mint (Mentha spp) (Gargles with the liquid from the decoction of 30 g of dried plant per liter of water
– Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Gargles with the infusion of spoonful of fresh root in a glass of water. You can add honey or lemon to improve its taste. After gargling, swallow it.
– Elder (Sambucus nigra) (Gargling with infusion of 20 g. Of dried flowers in a quart of water.)
– Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) (gargles with the infusion of the dried plant.)
– Greater plantain: (Plantago major) Because of its content in mucilages, it performs emollient properties, that’s to say it soothes the respiratory mucous membrane, so it is used to cure sore throat of wounds in the mouth, caused by infections. Also very suitable to treat aphonia or coarse voice. (Apply mouthwashes with the liquid of an infusion on a teaspoon of dry leaves in a cup of water. This liquid can be swallowed.)
– Sage: (Salvia officinalis) Because of its bactericidal properties in can be useful against any kind of breathing diseases: sore throat, influenza, etc. (Boil a spoonful of dry leaves and flowers per cup. Two cups each day)
– Flax seed (Linum usitatissium) (Gargles with a cold water infusion of 5 g of dry seeds per cup of water overnight.)
– Wild marjoram/oregano (Origanum vulgare) Being expectorant, anti inflammatory or antiseptic of the respiratory system, it is very useful for breathing ailments caused by infectious processes, as cold, flue, sore throat,bronchitis, etc. eliminating cough, reducing the inflammation in bronchus and helping in the elimination of the germs (5 drops of essence a day) (5 ml of extract of fluid)
– Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) It can be use to relieve sore throat (Gargles with the preparation of an infusion of dry flowers in a liter of water)
– Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) In addition to its bactericidal properties, the licorice has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of the respiratory mucous membrane so that its root is highly suitable for the treatment of respiratory ailments such as sore throat, cough, cold etc. (Make a decoction with a teaspoon of dried root per cup of water. Take three glasses per day maximum) (See possible licorice toxicity in the complete study of the plant)
– Vervain (Verbena officinalis) (Infusion of a half tablespoon of dried plant per cup of water. Make gargling with the liquid).
– Violet(Viola odorata) Violet help reduce swollen tonsils and sore throat. (Gargles with the infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers per cup of water)
– Birch (Betula alba) it is a good astringent and antiseptic, making it useful for the treatment of sore throat (Make gargles with the liquid from the decoction for 10 minutes of one tablespoon of dried bark per cup of water with a few lemon drops)
– Poplar (Populus nigra) (infusion of 5 tablespoons of dried buds per liter of water for 10 minutes. Drink two or three glasses a day)
– Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) The emollient properties of the poppy can be used to relieve pain and discomfort in the throat caused by tonsillitis. (Infusion for 10 minutes of a tablespoon of dry petals in a litter of water. Drink a couple of glasses a day) (gargles with a strong infusion also proves very effective in the treatment of tonsils itching caused by sore throat (See more information in the external use of this plant)
– Alder (Alnus glutinosa) (gargles with the decoction for a quarter of an hour of 60 g. of dry bark per liter of water.)
– Anise (Pimpinella anisum) (Gargles with an infusion made of equal parts of half a teaspoon of crushed anise fruits and leaves of marshmallow,mint and sage)
– Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) (gargles with the liquid from the infusion of half a teaspoon of shredded cinnamon per glass of water)
– Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) In case of sore throat, pus and swelling, you should do gargles with the liquid from a few drops of essential oil in one liter of water.
– Holm oak (Quercux ilex) he astringent properties of tannins to stop diarrhea is evident in the preparations used for this purpose. (Decoction of two tablespoons of dried bark per liter of water. Take a couple of cups a day) (Eat fresh sweet acorns)
– Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) (gargles with the decoction of a handful of dry leaves in a quart of water sweetened with honey.) (Infusion of 40 g. of dried plant per liter of water. 2 cups per day)
– Date palm (Phoenix canariensis) for its magnesium and niacin content, the decoction of dates helps to overcome sore throat and can be used to reduce the size of the tonsils. (Make a decoction for 10 minutes of 4 dates in a glass of water. Allow to cool a bit and make gargles with the resulting liquid)
– Comfrey: (Symphytum officinale) (made gargles with the decoction of a teaspoon of root per cup of water, sweetened with honey. Do not swallow the liquid)
– Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) The astringent properties of this plant can be used externally in the treatment of sore throats,, mouth sores, swollen gums, and so on. (Decoction for 1 / 4 hour of 5 tablespoons of dried leaves per liter of water. Let stand 15 minutes. Perform gargling or rinsing with the resulting liquid)
– Black currant (Ribes nigrum) In external use, tannins possess astringent and antibacterial properties making them ideal for the treatment of inflammation caused by infectious processes. The juice of the fruits of this plant, used for doing gargles, is very suitable for the treatment of sore throat, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, mouth sores, etc.
– Lavender (Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula latifolia) (gargles made with infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers per cup of water)
– Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) (Decoction of a tablespoon of of bark per liter of water for 10 minutes. Perform gargling with the liquid of this decoction)
– Papaya (Carica papaya) The gargles made with papaya juice are adequate to combat sore throat and diminish pus or inflammation.
– Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) (gargling with the decoction of a handful of dry leaves in a liter of water sweetened with honey.)
– Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) (Gargles with the liquid from a decoction of 10 minutes a handful of dried root in a liter of water)
– Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) (gargling with the liquid from 1 teaspoon of dried plant per cup of water)
– Linden (Tilia spp.) (gargling with the liquid from the infusion of one teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water)
– Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) (decoction of two tablespoons of dried leaves per liter of water for 10 minutes. Perform gargling with the liquid from the decoction)
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