COVID-19 aside, let’s remember that people still get regular-sick. You know, like the common cold. It’s mellow, but it sucks. Or maybe the cold, dry winter air has us feeling a little scratchy in the morning. Or perhaps one too many Zoom calls got us sounding hoarse. Any way we spin it, a sore throat calls for quick relief. Here are a few ways to smooth things over.
B.Immune Throat Spray (2 pack) $25
Perfect for easing the pain on the go or while you relax on the couch, this little spritz contains propolis, a bee product jam-packed with antioxidants, beneficial compounds, and germ-killing power. A few spritzes a day is all you need to treat a sore throat and prevent infection.
B.Powered Superfood Honey
This honey is not like the others. The holy grail of all that is good when it comes to honey comes in this jar. With royal jelly, bee pollen, and propolis, this honey is truly, genuinely organic and unadulterated so that every last drop is loaded with the antimicrobial power and enzymes that will soothe your throat and power up your immunity.
B.Soothed Elderberry Lozenges
Honey and propolis paired with antioxidant-rich, elderberry come together for a super potent blend that will soothe your throat. Plus the tasty lozenges are packed with zinc and vitamin D for overall immune support.
Though it sounds counterproductive to rub salt on a wound, so to speak, gargling with salt water is actually antiseptic and analgesic. Mix a teaspoon in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle gulps until you’ve finished the cup. Gargle for at least 10 seconds at a time, or up to 20 seconds. Really get back there with it.
We hope it goes without saying that we don’t condone drinking lemon juice straight. Add about a teaspoon of lemon juice to a cup of warm water and sip. Lemon juice is loaded with vitamin C, and the acidity can help to break up mucus and relieve pain. It’s also soothing to drink first thing in the morning or before large meals to pave the way for healthy digestion.
Chamomile Lemon + Melatonin Tea Strips
Chamomile tea is super mild and calming, serving as a natural lubricant. If your voice is scratchy and you’re having trouble talking for long periods of time, this is a super healthy, holistic option. Peppermint tea can actually help to numb the throat and alleviate the pain, so together they are a deliciously effective blend. Studies also show that inhaling the steam of chamomile tea can help lubricate and soothe the throat, so if your ailments have you struggling to keep things down, this could be a good option for you.
If dry air is the culprit, keep things moist. Get a quality humidifier in the bedroom at night and close the windows and doors in the room to keep in moisture. Your skin will also stay dewy and moist as an added benefit.
Similar to a salt gargle, but a little less intense tasting. (OK, we didn’t say it tastes good, just … milder.) Baking soda mixed with water creates a solution that fights bacteria, yeast, and fungi, so if you already have an infection brewing or are just paranoid that you might, this is a great defense to soothe that annoying tickle.
Chewing on a handful of fenugreek seeds is a fantastic aid for digestion after large meals, but studies show that these little powerhouses are also anti-inflammatory in a major way. They are pain-relieving, kill bacteria, and are antifungal, so use them for prevention as well as treatment. They can easily be brewed into a tea, too, if chewing on seeds feels weird.
This funny bark material comes in either flakes or powder. It has a mucilaginous (a truly gorgeous word) texture, meaning it mimics a mucus-like coating. Mix the powder or flakes with some warm to hot water, and let it gel for just a minute before drinking. It will coat your throat and provide some relief from pain caused by coughing or speaking.
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