Soothing the fire: Natural ways to ease sore throats

It may seem peculiar, but a sore throat is not necessarily the precursor to disaster and doom, or even a dose of the dreaded flu. This is because your body, however unhealthy your diet and lifestyle may be, maintains a stubborn determination to clear out toxins.

One way of doing this is to raise the temperature in the glands to burn up old rubbish – much like having a grand bonfire with all your garden junk. Another method is to expel toxins via mucous secretions. The upshot of such activity can be a sore, swollen throat with catarrhal congestion and a general feeling of concrete in the head – but this isn’t always a sign that you are going down with a cold it could be a sign that your body is trying to detox.

Although a sore throat can be a sign that your body is trying to detoxify itself if it persists for more than a few days consult your doctor. In the meantime plenty of water will help flush the system through and keep you energised. Regular doses of Vitamin C will help your immune system perform efficiently and prevent a clearout deteriorating into a serious cold or flu. Echinacea tincture can help lubricate the throat whilst delivering its immune boosting herbal effect to the body.

At the first sign of a sore throat, gargle with sage, an herb that has traditionally been used for throat infections, due to its antiseptic qualities. It can be used for mouth ulcers and inflammations, for the same reason. Sage also helps to regulate body temperature, keeping you cool whilst your body battles the bugs.

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