Whole-root licorice (glycyrrhiza glabra) is a great herbal remedy for sore throat because it reduces inflammation, stimulates the immune system, increases the body’s production of the antiviral interferon, and soothes the throat. However, the deglycyrrhizinated (DGL), licorice that’s used to treat ulcers naturally do not contain the specific medicinal components needed to treat sore throat [...]
What to do for a Sore Throat
You woke up one early morning and your throat is scratchy and raw. You’re now getting worried because you do not know where it might have come from. Unfortunately, it is a sore throat and there are a variety of things that could have caused it such as postnasal drip due to sinusitis, hay fever, bacteria, viruses, and smoke inhalation, beverages that are too hot, shouting, and breathing through your mouth while sleeping. The most commonly known sore throat occurrences are those caused by viral illnesses such as the cold and flu. A sore throat caused by a viral illness usually lasts 3 to 4 days. Normally, it goes away without any medical intervention. Many natural health professionals agree that the use of antibiotics to treat a sore throat is unnecessary, because it does not make it go away any faster. However, there are plenty of herbs that have the ability to soothe the symptoms associated with a sore throat, stimulate the immune system, and keep viruses away.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, E. pallida) is an anti-inflammatory herb that when used boosts your immune system and sends it into attack mode. This healing herb also has the ability to numb the inflamed throat tissues associated with sore throat. According to studies, echinacea is also a virus killer; it kills some viruses that [...]
Shitake (lentinus edodes) may not seem like it has medicinal properties because they’re mainly seen as culinary gems. But they have antiviral as well as immune stimulating effects. You can utilize shitake as a natural remedy for sore throat by either cooking with them or taking them in encapsulated products. Dosage information: up to five [...]