It is the time of the year when all kinds of germs are circling around and it is so easy to catch a nasty cold or throat and nose infection. When you rely on your voice a lot, such as we teachers do in our profession or if you sing a lot. Best remedy is to rest and recuperate; however, we all know that, in today’s busy world, it is not always possible to take as much time off as would be necessary for a full recovery.
If you are feeling the need to be on the go while not fully well, there are different herbal remedies that you can try to self-medicate. We share our top ten list below:
1. Marshmallow Root: this herb contains a substance called mucilage that hydrates and soothes the throat when you swallow it.
2. Sage: this herb is antiseptic and has been found to relieve throat pain.
3. Echinacea: this herb is known for fighting infection and reducing inflammation.
4. Salt water: mixing about 1 teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargling with it can help clear a throat infection.
5. Licorice root: this herb similar properties to aspirin and can help reduce sore throat pain.
6. Lemon water: lemon is packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that can speed up recovery from sore throats.
7. Ginger: ginger is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and so ideal to helping cure sore throats.
8. Cinnamon: this herb is high in antioxidants and provides antibacterial benefits.
9. Peppermint: Drunk as a tea, peppermint can help numb throat pain.
10. Chamomile: most importantly chamomile can help promote restful sleep which is crucial for a full recovery and it can also reduce pain and fight infection.