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December means rush, rush and more rush for most people. From the warm house to the cold car to run a quick errand. By the time the car warms up it’s back out into the cold, running through the elements to the shop where we race around, usually still wrapped in our heavy outerwear, searching out our items. Then back out into the cold to the vehicle that is, by now, cold again.
Is it any wonder that few of us seem to get through the month without becoming ill? Usually it’s a sore throat. Notice I didn’t say ‘just a sore throat’. If you’ve had one recently, you still remember how painful and irritating that sore throat can be.
For the herb lover, soothing the sore throat with a homemade herbal tea is an option that will not only sooth the throat but lifts the spirits with the beloved aroma of your favorite herb.
Whether you choose to make a tea from a single herb or a blend, you can be on your way to soothing your sore throat in the time it takes the kettle to boil.
Herbs to Soothe the Throat
Calendula flowers work as astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and make a good base for a tea to help ease the pain of a sore throat as its properties work to fight infection.
The leaf of the herb thyme contains thymol, a powerful antiseptic that can help treat infections that the sore throat may be a symptom of. It is often used to treat a dry cough and bronchitis.
Allow a tea made of fennel to cool and then use it as a gargle to help relieve the pain of a sore throat.
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