How to Cure a Sore Throat

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Cure a sore throat by washing the mouth thoroughly, gargling with water mixed with salt or hydrogen peroxide, and drinking tea that contains slipper elm, marshmallow, white willow bark or honey. Consider adding a pinch of golden seal powder or cayenne pepper to tea in order to help a sore throat with tips from a practicing herbalist in this free video on alternative medicine.

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Hi, I'm Trina Sims of Greenstar Herbs and today I'm going to talk about home care for a sore throat. The very very first thing that you want to do if you find you have a sore throat is clean your mouth throughly. Floss your teeth, brush your teeth but as well your gums, your tongue and the hard pallet of the roof of your mouth. Then you may want to gargle with a little warm water in to which you've mixed either a spoonful of salt or a nice splash of hydrogen peroxide, or about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in eight onces of water. You can get aspegic salt to the apple vinegar. If you're going to use apple cider vinegar to gargle with, you want to rinse your teeth afterwards to avoid any sort of acid damage. Some teas can be helpful in relieving the misery of sore throat as well. Slippery elm or marshmallow with white willow bark makes a lovely, lovely and very soothing tea. Add a little honey to that and it's even better. Of course don't use honey for a child under age one. Another lovely tea for a sore throat is calendula and again with a little honey or a little white willow bark. For a small child or for an elderly person you can make a mush of willow bark powder with any of the teas we've discussed. An interesting and helpful addition to any of those teas as well can be either a pinch of golden seal powder or of cayenne pepper. I hope you find this information helpful, thank you.

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