Sunday, January 10, 2016

How to Make Your Own Herbal Throat Spray

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Sore throat? Ugh--we all know what that's like. If you're like me, the throat is often where a cold first takes hold. It starts with a feeling of dryness or a tickle. Then it progresses into actual soreness. If I'm not careful, I might end up with a full-blown head cold--but not if I catch it early enough and use herbal remedies (along with rest) to fend it off.
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Herbal throat spray is a big part of my strategy when it comes to preventing colds. I can often fend off a cold or flu by keeping throat spray in my purse and using it throughout the day at the first sign of a sore throat.

While it might be tempting to reach for a conventional over-the-counter sore throat spray, these merely mask the symptom of pain are inferior for a couple of reasons. First, they only mask the symptom of soreness. They make your throat feel better for a while, but there is no real healing element in these sprays. In fact, it's just the opposite. They often contain artificial colors, flavors, and other chemicals--the last thing your body needs when its immune system is already compromised!

Herbal throat sprays are a great alternative, because they are full of antibacterial and antiviral ingredients that help soothe your sore throat while also creating an uninhabitable environment for all kinds of viruses and infections. And because you end up swallowing the mixture, it will also give your immune system a boost.

Throat spray also comes in handy even when you don’t feel sick. When you’re traveling, it can ease a dry throat caused by hotel rooms and airplanes. It’s nice to use before all kinds of performance, from speaking engagements to concerts. And if your voice gets hoarse during the show, you can use it again afterwards to get your voice back more quickly.

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While there are several fine natural throat sprays on the market, it's far less expensive to make your own. It's also quite easy, provided that you can make a tincture. (Need some help with that? Here is a nice article that will teach you how.) Plus, the process fosters a deeper connection with your medicine. When you get involved with your own healing process, you create a strong intention for health that works with the mind, body, and spirit to foster healing on multiple levels.

Fresh, Homegrown Goldenseal Root

Choosing the Herbs


There are many plants with medicinal qualities to heal a sore throat and boost the immune system. I will list several so that you can pick and choose based upon your needs and what is available in your area. If you’ve never made a tincture before and are starting from scratch, it’s easiest to choose 2-3 plants to start out with. As you continue to dabble with herbalism, you can always add more plants to your brew. Of course, you can also purchase pre-made tinctures, but that will add more cost to your throat spray.

  • Sage: Specific remedy for sore throat; antimicrobial and antioxidant.
  • Thyme: Highly antiseptic, anti-fungal and expectorant.
  • Echinacea: Superb immune-booster that heals all kinds of infections; anti-inflammatory to ease pain; also cleanses blood and lymph for detoxification.
  • Red Root: Specific for sore throat, even severe conditions like mononucleosis, tonsillitis and pharyngitis.
  • Goldenseal: Antibacterial and antifungal; eases chronic inflammation of the throat and pharynx. (This is a strong remedy as well as an at-risk plant, so use it sparingly in your formula.)
  • Horehound: Treats hoarseness and laryngitis; expectorant.
  • Marshmallow: Has a soothing and softening effect; especially useful for dry throat.
  • Elderberry: Tasty and sweet; antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
  • Elderflower: Opens the throat for speaking and singing; also good for cold, flu and fever.
  • Tulsi/Holy Basil: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral remedy that adds a pleasant flavor.

Other Ingredients

With a blend of herbal extracts as your base, now it’s time to add two more (optional) ingredients:

  • Tea Tree essential oil will really enhance the antiseptic qualities to nip any infection in the bud. Start with just a couple of drops and increase to tolerance.
  • To sweeten the deal, stir in a bit of honey. A supremely healing substance on its own, honey has natural antiseptic properties that will heal and soothe a sore throat. It also greatly improves the taste of your throat spray, which can be strong and bitter depending on which tinctures you add.

Final Tips

A 1-ounce glass spray bottle is a great way to keep your throat spray handy and portable. If you make a larger batch, put the rest in an airtight glass jar, label it, and store it in a cool, dark place. Alcohol, essential oils, and honey are all natural preservatives, so your remedy will keep for a long time (we're talking years).

It’s as simple as that! Herbal throat spray is a wonderful tool that will help keep you healthy everywhere you go. It also makes a nice homemade gift for family and friends.

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