Sage - An Herbal Remedy for Sore Throat, Congestion and Cough
There are many causes of sore throats, chest congestion or coughs. Such as a cold, flu, laryngitis, mouth breathing while sleeping, smoking, pollen or a number of other irritates.
Sage kills bacteria, and is very soothing to mucus membranes, as well it breaks up your congestion. It can help eliminate that annoying cough that often accompanies a cold.
The next time you develop a sore throat , chest congestion or a cough try using the sage remedies below. In a few days your throat or cough will be feeling better without the use of over the counter drugs.
Sage Gargle (for sore throats)
Boil 1 cup of water.
Add 1 heaping tablespoon of rubbed sage, 1/8 - ¼ tsp. of salt, and empty 2 capsules of Echinacea into the mix. Echinacea is an anti-viral that also has a numbing effect. (Don't buy Echinacea that's combined with other herbs.)
Stir and let stand about 15 minutes.
Stir again, and pour through a strainer (keep this) into another cup.
Reheat as hot as you can tolerate. You can test it on your lips.
Gargle deeply into your throat, 2 or 3 times.
It's best not to eat or drink for a little while, so you don't dilute the effect.
Put the strained material back in the liquid, cover and store in the refrigerator. You can reheat it for about 2 days. Reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes on medium heat)
Remember to strain it before gargling!
Don't stop completely until at least a day after your symptoms subside.
Sage Steam (for chest congestion or cough)
Take a big pot with 2" of water in it, add 2 Heaping Tablespoons of Rubbed Sage (right out of your spice rack, if it's not too old!)
If you're sick (cold or flu), add 4 capsules of Echinacea for an extra anti-viral boost. (Don't buy Echinacea that's combined with other herbs)
Bring to a boil, stir, then simmer (med-low) for 15 minutes. (Stir occasionally)
Bring the temp back up (almost) to a boil again.
Now it's ready.
Put a towel over your head (to trap the steam), and your head over the pot. Steam can burn, so be careful.
Inhale the steam deeply into your lungs (even if it makes you cough terribly) through your mouth, then your nose.
Do this as long as you can stand it (5 min.).
Set aside to use later. I make a fresh pot each day that it's needed.
Have the tissues close!
For best results, steam 3-6 times a day while you're ill. Obviously, you can back off as you begin to feel better. Don't stop completely until at least a day after your symptoms subside.