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.

ADD INS:

  • 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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ESSENTIAL OILS:

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.

ADD INS:

  • 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.

 

Healthy Sauces from Around the World

Sauces used for dipping, spreading, and marinating can sometimes be full of ingredients that aren’t the healthiest. Here are some recipes from around the globe that are sure to satisfy your family’s palate and nutritional needs.

CHIMICHURRI is a sauce that can be found in many dishes from Argentina. It’s a great dipping sauce for bread, as well as a traditional marinade for “Gaucho-style” steak and potatoes. It’s rich in herbs, garlic, and olive oil making it a heart-healthy topping or marinade to all veggies and proteins.

1 cup chopped parsley

4 minced cloves of garlic

1 tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. fresh ground pepper

½ tsp. chili pepper flakes

1 tbsp. fresh oregano leaves

2 tbsp. minced shallot

¾ cup olive oil

3 tbsp. red wine vinegar

3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a food processor, so it chops up nicely—but don’t puree! Muy bien!

 

CUCUMBER RAITA is a flavorful sauce from India that’s often used with grilled proteins, rice, couscous, and potatoes. But also feel free to dip some naan (yummy Indian bread) into the raita as a healthy snack.

1 cup grated cucumber (you will have to squeeze the water out of the cucumber while grating to get the pulp into your measuring cup)

2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

1 minced garlic clove

1 tsp. chopped cilantro

½ tsp. salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl (by hand) and your raita is ready to be dipped into or to be spread on top of your main meal foods.

 

GREMOLATA is a sauce from Italy. Instead of buttering your bread, you can use gremolata as a dip. Mostly, however, this sauce is sprinkled on your grilled proteins directly after they’ve been cooked.

1 small bunch of chopped parsley leaves

1 lemon- just the grated rind

1 clove garlic finely chopped

Mix the three ingredients and you’ve got your gremolata. Buon apetito!

 

TZATZIKI is a super heart-healthy sauce that comes from Greece. Mediterranean culture seems to understand which foods keep us healthiest. It’s delicious for pita dipping or spread on proteins/meats and potatoes.

2 cucumbers peeled, seeded, and finely chopped

½ diced white onion

1 seeded and diced tomato

2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. olive oil

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. dill

1 tsp. chopped oregano

1 clove minced garlic

Mix all ingredients. Sauce is ready. Opa!

The above recipes are sure to delight your taste buds and keep your waistline in line. Just make sure that what you’re using to dip is also a healthy option. A Paleo or gluten-free bread is a decent choice. Even better: raw veggies like carrots, celery, broccoli, and jicama will all work well with the above sauces.

The bottom line is that you can eat well nutrition- and health-wise without sacrificing deliciousness. Most fun is that you can experience different flavors from around the world. Eat well and enjoy!

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5 Natural Recipes for Home Facials

Even if you apply sunscreen, avoid alcohol and smoke, and get plenty of rest and hydrate, your skin—with age—loses elasticity.

Unfortunately, skin loses some of its ability to self-moisturize, creating fine wrinkles. Here are some ideas for improving skin quality using natural ingredients at home.

1. Dilute fresh lemon juice in a half-cup of cold water. Apply the astringent gently with a washcloth. Rinse with clear, cool water.

2. Whisk two egg whites into foam. Apply the hydro lipids to your face and neck, leaving it for 15 minutes, and rinse with cool water.

3. Mix three teaspoons of honey with a couple drops of fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Rub gently onto your face and let it sit and hydrate for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

4. Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon with powdered turmeric, a couple drops of olive oil, and a dash of salt. This paste makes a great exfoliant.

5. Apply aloe vera gel and leave on overnight. Rinse with cool water.

Any natural ingredient that helps boost collagen and elastin with give your skin a younger, richer glow.lf (or your kids) into liking veggies.