Curing A Sore Throat Naturally
Upon getting a sore throat three times in one month, we decided to try some new remedies. In addition to our ginger and lemon tea with manuka honey, Green Vibrance greens powder with probiotics, and this saline rinse below are some additional supplements that really seemed to help.
Quantum’s Super Immune Formula drops
This herbal tincture is made from whole plant extracts of Echinacea, Siberian Ginseng, Pau D’Arco, Olive Leaf, Astragalus, and garlic that are organically grown without ever being sprayed or irradiated. Quantum Herbs use 1 part herb to 1 part extracting agent, making Quantum Herbs products much more potent than other herbal tinctures.
$16.56 at lifesciencepharmacy.com and also available at Whole Foods
Gaia’s Astragalus drops
Astragalus has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage caused by free radicals. Astragalus is used to protect and support the immune system, prevent colds and upper respiratory infections, lower blood pressure, treat diabetes, and protect the liver.
$20.05 at amazon.com
Garlic + Parsley capsules
In vitro studies have shown garlic to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. In 2007 the BBC reported that garlic supplements prevent the common cold and garlic supplements have been found to be effective at fighting “superbugs” such as vancomycin-resistant enterocci (VRE) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Up to 25 g of garlic can be consumed daily without risk of toxic side effects. Parsley extract has also been shown to be anti-microbial.
$13.00 on amazon.com
Zinc 15 mg
Zinc plays a central role in immune function. It is an essential nutrient, antioxidant, and supporter of both the immune and endocrine systems. This zinc aspartate formula by Genestra is indicated for prostatitis, low sperm count, male and female sterility and infertility, fatigue, frequent infections, colds and flus; for acne, stretch marks, heavy metal toxicity, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; and for accelerating wound healing following injury or surgery.
$15.49 at amazon.com
Ganmaoling is a blend of Chinese botanicals such as honeysuckle, chrysanthemum, chaste tree, baphicacanthus cusia (Nees), evodia lepta and rough-leaved holly (“ilex asprella”). We generally exercise caution with supplements imported from China, but we take this supplement when nothing else seems to work. Oddly, it always does the trick within a day or two at the most. We looked into some of the key ingredients and here is what we found.
- Chrysanthemum indicum is used in Chinese medicine for sore throat and fever reduction. It possesses antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and neuroprotective effects and is thought to have anticancer activity.
- The chaste tree has also shown in vitro and animal studies to have potential anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and analgesic effects.
- The Evodia tree is native to China and Korea and chemicals contained in evodia have been shown in animals to decrease pain and swelling (inflammation), decrease diarrhea, decrease blood pressure, stimulate the heart, among other effects.
- Ilex Asprella, or rough-leaved holly, has been used in Chinese medicine to reduce fever and detoxify the blood. It is known as a cooling herb, and is also considered a remedy for sore throat, laryngitis and tonsillitis, relieving pain, swelling, and swallowing problems related to soreness in the throat.
$3.99 at modernherbshop.com
Boiron Coldcalm Quick Dissolving Tablets
This is homeopathic medicine for colds symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, sinus & nasal congestion and minor sore throat. The ingredients are dilutions of botanicals such as Allium and Belladonna, which in their natural form are considered to be toxic if ingested. Dr. Oz explained on his show that homeopathic medicine uses extremely tiny doses substances that can cause sickness to allow the body to safely build defenses against real disease. All ingredients in these tablets are included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. Regulated as drugs by the FDA, homeopathic medicine has no side effects, drug interactions or risks of overdose.
$4.85 at amazon.com
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