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Wishing for a sore throat…

This hasn’t happened to me since I was a girl and would tell my mom my throat was sore and ask for a strepsil candy. Ever since I made the sore throat spray from Rosemary Gladstar’s wonderful book, Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide, I’ve been secretly hoping for a sore throat.

The mixture of the echinacea tincture kick, the sweetness of the honey and the refreshing sensation of the mint essential oil is just amazing!

But putting the flavor aside this is a very effective sore throat remedy. According to Gladstar, echinacea is a powerful immune enhancer therefor raises the body’s natural resistance to infection. Since this herb stimulates immune function it works best when taken at the earliest signs of illness. Since a tincture takes six weeks to make, and that’s once one has procured all the ingredients to make one, I would suggest keeping an echinacea tincture on hand. Mine was kept past its expiration date so I decided to make this sore throat spray.

Sore throat spray: ¼ cup echinacea tincture ⅛ cup honey ⅛ cup of water 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix together in a spritzer bottle.

Spray directly to the back of your mouth when you feel your throats is sore.

Any great sore throat remedies? Have you had any success with echinacea? Please share in the comments.

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