Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tea infsuion for a sore throat and cough

This worked incredibly well for me,
lessening the painful symptoms of a sore and swollen throat
by three-quarters within two hours of drinking it.

Using my intuition (or perhaps Divine guidance),
I gathered up fresh herbs from the garden
combined with what I had in my pantry to create a herbal tea infusion.
It was only after it worked to soothe my throat and ease my cough
that I researched the individual properties of each ingredient
and discovered why it had, indeed, worked so well.

I consider this to be a small miracle!



Directions:
  • Add a jasmine green and peppermint tea bag to a tea pot.
  • Infuse the tea with a large slice of ginger, 2 green cardamom pods (crushed slightly), a sprig of lavender, a few fresh basil/rosemary/oregano leaves and cinnamon (I didn't have sticks, so I used ground cinnamon).
  • When at drinking temperature, add a teaspoon of manuka honey.
Other tips:
  • Chew and swallow fresh ginger for an added throat soother (beware the burn).
  • Take turmeric root capsules and l-glutamine to support your immune system. Solgar's is both gluten and corn-free.
  • Two drops of lavender essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil is useful for soothing itchy, sore ears.

Why does this work?
  • Green tea: said to be a good antioxidant, as well as a stimulant (due to it's caffeine content).
  • Peppermint tea: menthol content is useful in warding off the common cold, while the minty taste soothes a burning throat.
  • Fresh ginger: considered an effective cure for coughing, congestion and colds. Also helpful for nausea.
  • Green cardamom: used to treat and prevent throat troubles.
  • Lavender: when used topically or taken internally, it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Fresh basil: antiviral, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Useful in the treatment of asthma.
  • Fresh rosemary: antioxidant. Contains camphor which acts as a cough suppressant.
  • Fresh oregano: antiseptic and antimicrobial, said to be palliative for sore throats.
  • Manuka honey: antibacterial.
  • Turmeric root powder: antiseptic and antibacterial. Used as a blood cleanser (I take this daily in order to keep painful underarm hidradenitis suppurativa in remission).
  • L-glutamine: aids recovery from illness and keeps the white blood cells functioning happily.

2 comments:

Indie.Tea said...

Sounds helpful. But I am a little curious - what does it taste like?

Juanita said...

Not bad at all, really. Sort of fresh and astringent. But bear in mind it's not exactly for everyday, yummy drinking...it's for sipping slowly with a throat that is so swollen and sore that drinking/eating anything feels like swallowing razor blades!