There Must Be a Better Way
No Matter how hard we try to keep from getting sick in the winter, it seems that sooner or later a cold or the flu will catch up to us and then down we go into a spiral of fever and coughing and body aches and the dreaded stuffy nose etc. etc. etc. Oh, My God!
Most of this nonsense can be handled with a quick trip to Walmart for some cold medicine right? Well yes, it can but you might ask yourself is there a more natural way to handle some of this mess?
I mean how did people deal with things like sore throat relief back before RiteAide existed?
Sore Throat Relief is Just a Potion Away
You can get sore throat relief by gargling a mixture of sage, apple cider vinegar, and salt. The salt draws excess fluid out of the tissues in your throat which causes swelling.
The apple cider vinegar works to get rid of the bug itself and relieve the discomfort that comes with a sore throat. I prefer to use organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar for health remedies.
Sage is a great herb to use when you have a cold because it’s an astringent. It’s a natural way to help your body to get rid of excess fluid.
Sage works as an anti-bacterial agent helping to clear the infected area. A lot of sage is used for this gargle. It doesn’t taste good, but it can do the job.
You will need:
1 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp dried sage/fresh 8 tbsp
1 cup water
An airtight 2oz glass jar with a lid that fits
Put the sage leaves or dry sage at the bottom of a large mug and cover with 1 cup of boiled water. Steep for 15 minutes and cover. While the sage is steeping pour 1 cup of apple cider vinegar into the jar and add salt.
Once it’s infused strain the sage tea and add into the apple cider vinegar. Gargle a mouthful at least 3 times a day for relief. You can store it in the fridge for 1 week.
(Inspired by everyday roots)
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