Help Your Sore Throat
So, first off, I need to explain I am not a medical professional, so I cannot treat, diagnose, or cure anything. But, working at Telsaan Tea has its perks of finding out the resources you need. These tactics are what I do or have learned for a sore throat.
- Astragalus Root, or Huang Qi
In the book, “20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak,” astragalus is mentioned all over the place as a must-have. It is a root which can help boost your immunity. I add astragalus to my teas or tisanes for a little boost every time my throat starts aching. It helps my body long enough to fight through the infection.
- Yerba Mate
Yerba mate has been one of the newer trends for a coffee replacement or workout supplement, but this South American shrub deserves a standing ovation for all the good it does. Traditionally, you drink out of a bombilla (a filtered straw) and a gourd, but a fine-meshed strainer will do as well. Not only does it help build your energy up for your body, but also for your mind. My favorite yerba mate is a Telsaan Tea blend called Chicory Chai; when combined with astragalus root, it is a fantastic duo.
Echinacea, otherwise known as coneflower, is a great immunity booster. It has a softer flavor, but it can help rock the virus’ boat. It makes sure your body is clear and clean of all infection; one you want to have on your side as you fight against a cold. It is great to mix with other teas, or you can interchange with any of these. It’s your immunity’s best friend as you get over a cold.
Not only does lavender help you in a calming way, but lavender also helps to fight and protect your body from a sore throat. I’ve always heard lavender is good for headaches because it helps relieve tension, but it can also help your body get over the viruses. At Telsaan, I always liked Bliss–one of the first blends made as a helping cure. Lavender teamed with chamomile and catnip creates a great fighting trio.
Peppermint has been around as a cure-all for thousands of years. Peppermint helps to relieve the senses and fight the viruses at the same time. The British have a great name for the drink: The Peppermint Cure. Peppermint’s cooling effect on your body breaks away from the standard warm you may find with most other teas. It’s easy to find as it is the third most popular oil in the world.
Ginger warms your body, so they say. I know it is extremely healthy for you as a tea, and you can find it in most chai blends. If you wanted to, you could mix it with any amount of these other wonderful teas to have the best chance of getting the virus out of you.
- Camellia Sinensis
The Camellia Sinensis, otherwise known as the Black Tea Shrub, is the actual tea of the world. It creates a large variety of different styles and flavors, but the one we are going to focus on primarily is green tea. The polyphenols in green tea are antiviral and powerful. With green tea, you will need to steep it at a lower temperature so as not to burn the leaves–at about 180F. Even though I only mentioned green tea, any tea will help you fight a sore throat.
Now, some helpful hints. I have been using these myself for years, and every time it helps kick out of the virus.
Honey is a natural antibiotic which can help you heal faster. It’s soothing and yummy to add to tea, and completely natural. I have heard it is best to use local honey if you have allergies, but I don’t believe it would matter for a sore throat. The nice thing about finding local honey, such as at a farmer’s market, you know it is natural and not manufactured.
- Lemon Juice
Add a squirt of lemon juice to your tea. Lemon juice helps neutralize and soothe a sore throat. The citrus helps to take a little pain out of having the virus, and it is fantastic for your body as well.
Just like honey, it is a natural antibiotic. The spice rounds out the drink, as well as aids your body. I usually just grab a pinch from the spice cabinet and add it to the hot cup of tea.
Between all these teas and aids, I have helped my body evade having a sore throat time and again using these remedies. Just make sure to keep it nice and hot as you drink it, as it will help your body sweat out the virus. If you need help finding any of these, you can go to Telsaan.com.
*Disclaimer: this may or may not help your sore throat. If it keeps up for longer than five to seven days, you should visit your doctor. If it does, I am glad to help.