There is nothing quite like the pain of a sore throat. As a singer, I wanted to share this recipe that can help to bring natural sore throat relief!
It is the holiday season and the official start of winter is just around the corner. This time of year has always been particularly busy for me, and often I do not have as much time to nurture and care for my body and health the way I’d like. My days are filled with obligations and there are always lots of parties full of highly processed and sugary foods. I think that is true for many people. And of course, I never get as much sleep as I need or exercise as often as I should during the month of December. So after a week of reduced sleep and eating a diet that was not so good, I woke up with a sore throat.
When your throat is sore and your glands are swollen, that is an indicator that you have a lot of backed up toxins in your lymphatic system, or lymphatic congestion. Now, there are some things that you can do to avoid a buildup of lymphatic congestion before it starts.
Getting plenty of sleep, avoiding as many processed foods as possible, drinking lots of water, getting plenty of exercise, keeping stress levels low and deep breathing are all ways to keep your lymphatic system working well and circulating all of those nasty toxins right out of your body!
How to help your sore throat
So, what happens if your schedule won’t allow you to do everything you need to do to stay healthy and you wake up one day with a sore throat? One of the best remedies that I’ve tried is a drink that I make that combines cayenne (red) pepper, honey and fresh squeezed lemon. Now, I can’t say that this is the best tasting beverage that I’ve ever had, but, for me it really works! You may be wondering why, so let’s look at the benefits of the different ingredients.
Cayenne pepper has some really fantastic health benefits. It is a natural lymphatic system stimulator. It helps to move the lymphatic system along. And it also has detoxifying properties. Most importantly, for the sore throat sufferer, is the analgesic properties of the cayenne pepper. The capsicum in this pepper has been used as a pain reliever for centuries, and even now, you can find capsicum patches at the local drug store to aid with the pain of sore muscles.
Honey has amazing anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that will help to kick any viral or bacterial infection out of your body. Honey also helps to reduce inflammation and helps the body to fight off any infection more quickly and easily.
Lemon is also anti-bacterial and anti-viral and helps to boost the immune system. It is also great for detoxifying the body and fighting infection.
Simple recipe that works
Here is the recipe that I use whenever a sore throat strikes. For me, it can take anywhere from one to 12 hours for the pain to completely go away, depending on the severity of my sore throat. Avoid eating a lot of sugar (including fruit) while you are dealing with your sore throat. Bacteria are able to thrive when you eat a lot of sugar because sugar lowers the immune system as well as increases inflammation which can lengthen healing time.
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- 8 oz water
- Juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 1-2 tbsp honey (local preferred)
- 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne (red) pepper
- Heat the water until it is hot (but not boiling)
- Squeeze in the lemon juice
- Add the honey and cayenne pepper
- Stir well.
- If you are sensitive to the spiciness of the pepper, start off with a lower amount until your system gets used to it. You can gargle this recipe instead of swallowing it if you prefer. You can always add a little more honey to taste if necessary.