With the polar vortex freeze that trampled through the country, my family, like everyone else, suffered through a spell of bitterly cold weather. Our pipes froze, our heater fought to keep our home at a brisk 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and I didn't get much sleep.
In the end, my throat was the only thing left unfrozen… why? Because it was on fire. God kept my family sickness-free this entire winter, but then I went and broke the streak!
I don't remember having a sore throat quite like this one — it felt like I was swallowing heat and pain all wrapped together. Desperate, I sipped on tea and honey while searching for natural cures.
Browsing medicinal folk remedies and recipes, I settled on one concoction in particular, adding my own embellishments of ginger and turmeric to the mix.
Within an hour of sipping on this sore throat tonic, I was able to join my family for my son’s birthday meal.
I felt better and better as the night progressed… but then I succumbed to the temptation of homemade vanilla sprouted cake with chocolate Rapadura butter frosting. There went my throat ablaze again — sugar was just what it needed (unfortunately).
I immediately whipped up another batch of the concoction and sipped at it slowly, but without reprieve, so I decided to gargle it for a few minutes. This worked wonders! I went to bed, and in the morning, by the grace and blessing of the Lord, my throat was no longer on fire.
This folk remedy, with the addition of ginger and turmeric, will certainly become the new sore throat cure in our home. I rejoice at the ability to use natural herbs and tonics instead of immediately resorting to conventional medicine. Here’s to a happy throat, everyone!
Sore Throat Tonic
Boil water, then turn off heat.
Add a mixture of cayenne, turmeric, vinegar, honey, and ginger to the pot.
Let steep for at least 5 minutes.
Transfer to a mug.
Sip as long as you are able.
What do you do for a sore throat? Would you like to try this sore throat tonic? Feel free to share links, recipes, or tips in the comments.
Did you know that the common cold is associated with over 150 viruses, none of which respond to antibiotics? Instead, try natural food and herb-based remedies for preventing and relieving symptoms. We recommend this book: Cold and Flu Season — Are You Ready?
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