How to Make a Sage Infusion for Sore Throats

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Make a Sage Infusion for Sore Throats
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Here is an all-natural solution to a sore throat that works just as well for children as for adults. This article presents a method of making a healing sage infusion that works particularly well for easing the discomfort of a sore throat. Sage is naturally anti-inflammatory, honey is one of nature’s antiseptics, and lemon juice contains large amounts of Vitamin C (to boost immunity), as well as being antibacterial, antiseptic and decongesting.

Things You'll Need

  • ½ cup fresh sage leaves, torn into smaller pieces
  • 2 tbsp. honey (only for people more than 2 years old)
  • ½ cup fresh peppermint leaves, torn into smaller pieces
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • Strainer
  • Heat-proof bowl or container

Place the torn sage leaves and peppermint leaves in the bowl. Add the lemon juice and the honey.

Pour the boiling water over the contents of the bowl and stir to dissolve the honey. Cover the bowl for 30 minutes.

Uncover the bowl and strain the liquid. Discard the leaves.

Sip the liquid like a tea to relieve the pain of a sore throat. Drink at least one cup every three to four hours, although relief should begin immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Encourage rest in between doses.
  • Children less than two years of age should never be given honey because it could be fatal with effects similar to botulism. Because lemon juice is also added, the honey is not absolutely necessary.
  • Use only evaporated cane juice crystals or turbinado (raw) sugar to sweeten this infusion. Using white processed sugar will continue to suppress the immune system and slow recovery.

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