Sore & Scratchy Throat Remedy

Herbs for Honey

We gotta do our magickal and natural herbal best to care for and treat ourselves.  Am I right? So on the table today is a delicious sore throat and cough remedy.  You’re likely to have most of these items in your kitchen already, so it’s fast and easy.

Herbed Honey

Use local, organic, raw honey if you can, but if you can’t source it, don’t let that stop you.  Honey is so good for a scratchy or sore throat.  It’s actually more soothing than most cough syrups and has the added benefit of being delicious, natural, and you can’t take too much.

Honey is antioxidant, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal. Raw honey also has immune boosting and anti cancer properties.

I’m starting with well rinsed and dried garden sage and spearmint. Sage is wonderful for coughs and sore throats. With its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s perfect for your throat (as well as your tummy- but we’ll talk about that another time). Spearmint contains less menthol than peppermint, but it is rich in limonene, dihydrocarvone, and cineol and has long been used for soothing a sore throat. It has a sweeter taste than peppermint, which is my primary reason for including it in this recipe. I just love spearmint!

 This is an 8 ounce Ball canning jar, and once I’ve layered the herbs in (about 2-3 ounces of fresh herbs) and cover them with honey I end up with almost  4 ounces of herbed honey. You may use dried herbs if that’s what you have, in fact, many folk prefer it.  I just like to use what I grow.

I’m going to let this infuse for a week or so before I add some lavender essential oil. Lavender is also antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and tastes just wonderful.  Of course, you may also use lavender flowers if you wish, either fresh or dried.  Always use food or therapeutic grade essential oils. I’m going to add 2-3 drops per ounce of honey.  Stir well and taste.

Some folk like to strain the honey after the herbs have steeped a week or 2, but I leave them in.  They’ll continue to imbue the honey with their healing and flavorful goodness, and pouring almost boiling water over a scoop of leaves with honey makes a deliciously soothing cup of tea. The herbed honey will stay fresh almost indefinitely in the fridge, but around here we use it much too fast to bother with refrigeration.

I hope you’ll try this delicious throat remedy, and don’t forget to pop over to my shop and stock up on Auntie Thorne’s Winter Rub for that stuffy nose and congestion.

 

 

Blessed be,

93

In Light and Shadow,

~Thorne  

*I don’t do affiliate links, so any links you find here in my blog will take you to my own hand crafted products/items. Please visit the shop to view my hand crafted items.

 

Blessed be,

93

In Light and Shadow,

~Thorne  

*I don’t do affiliate links, so any links you find here in my blog will take you to my own hand crafted products/items. Please visit the shop to view my hand crafted items.

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