My Throat Hurts! What Do I Do?

Ugh, we’ve all experienced that awful feeling when your throat is burning, and it’s so tough to get relief. Let’s check out some old and new symptom relievers to make the pain go away.

Go Away, Sore Throat!

Unfortunately, a sore throat is usually a symptomatic preview to an oncoming cold. Or the flu. Boosting your immune system may dull the onset of a viral germ attack. It may also quicken your healing time. In the meanwhile, here are some treatments you can try that should help relieve some discomfort.

Tried and True with a Twist

Warm water and honey are soothing and help coat your throat. There are several other ingredients you can separately or mix and match.


  • turmeric– add a teaspoon as an anti-inflammatory
  • apple cider vinegar- add a teaspoon as an anti-bacterial
  • fresh lemon juice- add just a couple of drops for a boost of vitamin C. Too much acidity may burn, so keep the content minimal
  • ginger- grate a little from a ginger root to steep in the liquid. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
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There are several essential oils that can help relieve your sore throat. The key is to use them properly and safely. Do not ingest them without the guidance of a naturopath and utilizing quality products. The best way to use them effectively, in this case, is:

  1. a) add drops to hot water and gargle. Do not swallow.
  2. b) add drops to boiling water and inhale the steam. Never put your face close to the water and always remove the pot from the stove before inhaling.


  • peppermint oil- contains menthol, which helps soothe
  • eucalyptus oil- stimulates the immune system
  • juniper berry oil- contains powerful anti-oxidants
  • oregano oil- great for treating many types of infections
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Traditional Treatments and Thoughts

  • Get a ton of rest.
  • Eat soup. It’s soothing, and you can add all types of healing spices to your broth. Cloves and garlic are excellent suggestions and will add yummy flavor. Fresh veggies can help improve your immune responses too.
  • Drink tea. Stay away from caffeinated tea, actually all caffeinated beverages. You don’t need to rev up your system right now. Also, they dehydrate. The key is to stay as hydrated as possible. Chamomile is calming. Any teas with Echinacea and lemon will be perfect.
  • Use natural throat sprays and lozenges. It may be a slight challenge to find, but it will be worth it. Get a spray or drops you can suck on that have cooling effects. Anything with menthol will be nice. Try to avoid any product with sugar or even artificial sweeteners. Gelatin drops with lemon or honey are great.
  • Salt water is always a worthy go-to.

Good luck getting rid of your bug and your pain quickly! If it lasts for several days, you may want to check with your physician in case it’s bacterial (like strep.) Make sure to stay rested, eat well, and wash your hands with soap often. Hopefully, this will help prevent you from coming down with something you’d rather avoid in the future.


Spice up Your Brain Cells!

A lot of folks are hearing about how certain spices (besides adding flavor) flaunt healing qualities! But did you know that there are several natural compounds that actually protect our brain cells from degeneration? Check out how certain spices may help create new treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Cooking up New Methods

Dementia is an irreversible, pervasive affliction that currently affects over 25 million people globally. The condition is progressive, and our methods of treatment are: 1) dealing with symptoms, and 2) attempting ways to keep degeneration at bay for as long as possible.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia.

There have been (and continue to be) studies examining how particular spices affect the brain. The hope is to discover significant compounds that may help prevent, delay, or even treat neurodegenerative diseases. Four main spices are often in the forefront of such studies. They are: cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and saffron.


A study conducted back in 2005, researched antioxidant levels in 26 different herbs and spices. In the Lauraceae family, cinnamon was found to have the highest antioxidant rate. The most positive elements in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects.

Inflammation has shown to accelerate the decline of brain function. If cinnamon can decrease the inflammation, then it’s possible that using the spice medicinally may decelerate the progression of neurodegenerative diseases.

With a condition like dementia, the brain cells are negatively affected by oxidative stress; they become damaged, mutated, and no longer allow the brain to work at its healthiest capacity. It’s also been discovered that cinnamon activates proteins that actually protect healthy brain cells from becoming mutated or being destroyed.

Studies show that cinnamon boosts cognitive function.


Turmeric is a spice that’s harvested and is health-rich in its root. It’s long been used in Ayurvedic medicine, whose origin is at least 5,000 years old. It’s also known as Curcumin.

Two of turmeric’s greatest healing strengths are inflammation reduction and cholesterol lowering. Researchers are exploring the use of curcumin in treatment of Alzheimer patients. Symptoms of the disease may be reduced with the introduction of turmeric. The spice is somehow able to restrict cholesterol formation, protecting the brain and its cells.

A tidbit about turmeric: In order for its positive effects to be absorbed and utilized, turmeric must be used in conjunction with fats or black pepper. If and when scientists include turmeric into a medicine for dementia patients, we surely see the inclusion of black pepper and/or fats in the mixture.


Ginger, commonly referred to as a root, actually isn’t. Ginger is a rhizome, which is an underground part of the stem. It comes from a plant called Zingiber.

This spice is in the same plant family as turmeric. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why ginger is also an excellent anti-inflammatory. For thousands of years, holistic medicine has looked to ginger to help treat dementia and common memory loss.

A paper published by Chinese scientists in 2013 revealed the promising effects of ginger on laboratory rats with Alzheimer’s. After the rats were administered with a ginger “medicine”, their behavioral dysfunction actually reversed. The other observation was that the medicine prevented Alzheimer symptoms from reoccurring with continued use.


Many know saffron as being used to brightly dye and flavor foods. It also has a distinctly pleasant aroma. And, it’s one of the most expensive spices in the world.

Saffron is, too, a powerful antioxidant. Tested in comparison to carrots and tomatoes, this spice won the race for richest antioxidant activity. A lot of research is currently being done in Iran and Spain on the medicinal value of saffron for those suffering from dementia. (Those countries produce 80% of the world’s saffron supply, so they can best afford to experiment with it.)

Like the other spices mentioned above, saffron joins them as a strong anti-inflammatory. This spice offers neuroprotective effects, which may be a formidable deterrent to the onset or progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

No matter which spice you choose, it appears you can’t go wrong with any of these four brain-health-protecting powerhouses. Any food that can help reduce inflammation anywhere in our body is going to be beneficial to our overall health. It’s encouraging to see how these and other spices may soon become incorporated as a valid and effective treatment for dementia-related diseases. For other health-related articles, see


Quick, Natural Fixes for Acid Reflux Symptoms

Symptoms like burning in your throat or chest, nausea, or “wet” burps after eating are often signs of acid reflux. While the main culprits are digestive issues and poor eating habits, there are temporary ways to relieve the discomfort. Besides taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, there are natural ways to alleviate the symptoms.

What Is Acid Reflux?

When you eat, your chewed food gets swallowed and enters your esophagus. From there, it passes through a valve, a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and into your stomach. Normally, once the food passes, the LES closes leaving the stomach to do its job—mixing acids with the food to digest it properly.

If the LES doesn’t close all the way, or opens too often, stomach acids move back up into your esophagus. It’s those acids that are causing the pain; they are causing inflammation.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more official term for what we used to call heartburn, and now also call acid reflux. Over three million cases in the United States are being treated each year for GERD.

Why Do I Have Acid Reflux?

Some people become diagnosed with a digestive disorder called a hiatal hernia. More often, however, acid reflux can be caused by a variety of factors. They include: overeating and then lying down; obesity; eating overly acidic foods (ie. tomatoes, garlic, chocolate); eating fatty foods, drinking alcohol, too much coffee, and sodas; smoking; taking aspirin, and being pregnant.

How Do I Get Relief?

For a long-term cure, the most logical course would be to examine your diet and eating habits, and then probably alter them. In the meanwhile, you want immediate relief from the pain, nausea, and burning. There are several natural options that should hopefully help you feel a little better.

Eat licorice. Some studies have shown that licorice stimulates the release of natural healing chemicals. Those with ulcers and gastritis chew on licorice before eating. It can also be taken in the form of a chewable tablet.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon to 8-ounces of water. It’s possible you may not be creating enough acid, and your LES gets lazy. Try a glass before meals and bedtime. If symptoms get worse stop the ACV.
Try baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate neutralized stomach acid. You can add a spoonful to a glass of water before meals.
Drink aloe juice. Natural properties in the aloe plant help reduce inflammation. Small amounts diluted in water may help relieve symptoms.
Add mustard. Putting mustard in your salad dressings, in cooking recipes or directly on foods can help neutralize stomach acids.
Add Ginger. This root is known for reducing inflammation, especially in the stomach. You can shave the root or add powder to foods and smoothies. It’s also healing when used in tea.

Other natural suggestions are incorporating herbs or essential oils to teas and foods. Some recommendations are peppermint, chamomile, nutmeg, and lavender. For more tips on feeling your best and healthiest, check out



Curing “Milder” Illness and Infection with Natural Antibiotics

The introduction of antibiotics into our medical realm has no doubt saved lives, limbs, and organs. The advancement in medical research and the ability to cure has been boundless—until now.

The Superbug has gained a stronghold. It’s now imperative that we educate ourselves and others—and act prudently.

The Genius of Antibiotics—and Its Downfall

Before the creation of what we understand now as antibiotics, people died of infections. They could have begun with, let’s say, a paper cut or a bug bite. With the invasion of bacteria into the bloodstream, the infection became life-threatening. And, unfortunately, often became life-taking.

Hence, antibiotics have saved our lives. Until recently. Because of the misuse and overuse, we almost no longer have the ability to fight diseases. The “bad guys” have mutated and become stronger and somewhat impermeable.

This is why your doctor (if he/she is worthy and ethical) will not prescribe antibiotics until it is clear that it is necessary.

Understanding Your Illness

First, of utmost importance, is to understand if your illness is bacterial in nature or viral. If it’s bacterial, you can treat it with medical antibiotics or homeopathic ones.

If it’s viral, there’s really not a lot you can do but wait it out. You can certainly take action by hydrating and offering nutritional value and rest. But otherwise, a virus must take its course. Relief for symptoms may be effective (hopefully), but cure only counts on time.

Bacteria Beware

Always check with your health practitioner before deciding to embark on a “natural” course for a cure.

There are several options for “attacking” an infection in a natural way. One such product would be colloidal silver. This product dates back a thousand years to when cholera was rampant. Some of those who were wealthy enough to afford silver spoons beat the epidemic. The silver “killed” the bacteria.

There are no known side effects to drops of colloidal silver, but keep in mind, you need to address probiotic consumption. Any drug (natural or man-made) will deplete you of the “good” bacteria. Colloidal silver is a suspension of pure silver in water. It’s used to augment the body’s immune system. Even so, work with it. Balance with probiotics.

Here’s Your Starring List

Natural antibiotics have been known to resist the worst of the worst. Here are some remedies that may assist. Again, don’t count on these if your primary physician counsels otherwise. But there’s no reason why you can’t use these in defense as a secondary tactic.

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ginger extract
  • Echinacea
  • Habanero peppers
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • Honey
  • Oil of oregano
  • Horseradish root
  • Raw honey

Heed your health and choose wisely. There are a multitude of sources showing how natural foods can assist in curing illness. Be prudent in your reading and implementation. For other helpful articles on health cures, wellness, and prevention, definitely, read on


5 Safe – Healthy Essential Oils for Kids

We know essential oils can provide tremendous health benefits—but are they safe for us and our kids? Learn about their benefits and dangers—and five of the most recommended for use.

Extract-ly Speaking

Essential oils are extracts from plants and flowers, making them a purely natural wellness entity. If used properly, essential oils can be safe. High quality oils are ones that show the botanical name and all its ingredients, usually in a dark bottle. They can provide balance and promote the body’s restoration from illness.

Synthetic oils, however, are bogus. (They usually come in clear bottles and do not list the botanical name or the ingredients.)

So, the first thing is to make sure the oil is pure, medicinal, and steam distilled. Some oils are more expensive than others, but there is a valid reason. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil. For example, 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of rose oil.

How to Use

Essential oils can be smelled, rubbed onto the skin, or ingested. In order to smell them, you can put a couple of drops on your hand and inhale the odor directly. Or, for youngsters, it’s suggested to place a diluted oil into a diffuser that can spray a fine mist into the air.

Never rub a potent oil onto a child’s skin. It can cause a rash or create a burning sensation. Essential oils should be diluted with water or a carrier oil like jojoba or almond. Applying a small amount of diluted oils onto your skin permeate the cell walls to deliver nutrition and remove waste.

Ingesting essential oils should only be done with precaution. A couple of drops into some foods or drinks is perfectly acceptable, for adults. For kids, naturopath and herbalist, Mary Bove, offers a few suggestions that she recommends for your children’s best health. She’s chosen five herbs in particular, “that have a reputation for being kid-friendly, from a traditional herbal medicine sense as well as from an evidence-based perspective.”

Safe, Kid-Friendly Oils

1) Black Elderberry. Good immune support. As research suggests, it can improve flu symptoms in two days. Kids who always have a runny nose might benefit from several weeks of black elderberry syrup.

2) Echinacea. This is helpful for general immunity strengthening. During cold and flu season, take once daily, or several times during the day at the first signs of a cold.

3) Chamomile. The herb has a pleasant taste and scent. Chamomile tea is also soothing for inflamed gums. Clinical studies suggest that chamomile could benefit symptoms of sleep disorders and anxiety.

4) Lemon balm. This helps with digestive ailments, sleep issues, fever, and colic. It’s also used to calm restlessness and hyperactivity and can help with improving cognition and mood.

5) Ginger. Ginger has a long history of use in alleviating nausea and vomiting. There are many beverages and foods containing ginger that are safe for you and your baby.

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