We’ve all been there. You have a lot to do tomorrow, maybe go to bed a little stressed and wake up the next morning with a scratchy throat. It’s not a full on cold yet, but you know by about 4 or 5 pm you’re going to feel like dirt. This happened to me a few days ago. Luckily though, I didn’t have to dread the afternoon sickness because I know that a sore throat can often be cured without having to go through a few days or even weeks of sickness. Here’s the quick fix I use whenever I wake up with a sore throat to make sure it doesn’t progress into a full on cold!
1. Drink lots of water. I always drink a giant glass of water in the mornings anyway, but I double it when I have a sore throat. Before you eat or drink anything else, drink at least 1 liter of water. Distilled is best, but do with what you have. Drink water like it’s going out of style for the entire day.
2. Make yourself a throat formula. I’ve seen a few variations of this, but here is the one that I like for myself. In a small dish combine the following:
- 2 tsp honey (any consistency will do)
- ½-1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (more if your honey is solid)
- 1-2 cloves of freshly pressed or minced garlic
Stir it all around and eat it a ½ tsp at a time. Don’t chew it up, rather let it sit on the back of your tongue, and it will slowly slide down your throat. The honey will keep the herbs working there longer, so you don’t want the mixture to be too runny (add less apple cider). Don’t be afraid of the garlic and cayenne, you won’t taste them much if you put the mixture straight to the back of your mouth.
3. Have juice for breakfast. When I think I might be about to get sick, I start my day with a big glass of freshly pressed juice. Here is my favorite concoction for a cold:
- 2 apples
- 2 lemons
- 1 thumb sized piece of ginger (at least)
- 2 sticks of celery
- 5-10 drops of cayenne tincture
It’s spicy but it will heal you! Make sure after you drink or eat anything, you have a spoonful of your throat formula to coat it.
4. Cut out solid food. As much as you can, refrain from eating solid food. Drink lots of herbal tea, infuse it with honey and ginger. Make yourself juices throughout the day. If you are working and aren’t around your juicer, bring lots of fresh fruit with you to eat. Apples and bananas are plain but easy on your body. Any solid food should be whole, raw fruits or vegetables.
5. Don’t eat toxic stuff. This is the time when it’s the most important to be strict with your diet. Do not eat any dairy products, no meat products and nothing processed. This includes breads and pasta. Absolutely nothing refined. You don’t have to stick with this forever, but if you do it for at least a day, maybe two you have a great chance of avoiding getting sick. It goes without saying that you must avoid smoking, drinking alcohol or taking unnecessary drugs.
Essentially you want to give your body everything that it needs to flush out whatever is causing you to feel sick. You want to give it a break on digestion, so it can spend as much energy as possible on healing. This is why we refrain from solid and processed foods. In addition, drinking plenty of liquid helps to flush out any toxins that are present.
Do you have your own quick fix for a sore throat? I’d love to hear all your home remedies in the comment section, please share them!