Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

LARYNGITIS

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Usually brought on by excess coughing due to a cold, bronchitis, or another illness, laryngitis typically lasts for three days to three weeks. Use these herbal remedies alongside other treatments, and let your doctor know if the problem lasts for more than three days in case an infection is to blame.

Cayenne–Myrrh Gargle

YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Cayenne and myrrh combine with apple cider vinegar to bring relief while reducing bacteria. This gargle is good for sore throats, too.

2½ ounces warm water

1 ounce apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 drops myrrh essential oil

1.In a glass, combine all the ingredients.

2.Stir well to blend.

3.Gargle with 1 mouthful of the solution at a time, spitting it out afterward.

4.Repeat until all of the solution is gone.

5.Rinse your mouth with water.

6.Use 2 to 3 times daily.

Goldenseal–Ginger Infusion

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Sore throats love this comforting mixture of spicy-sweet herbs designed to soothe irritation and promote healing in minutes. With a generous dollop of honey, your taste buds won’t be complaining either.

1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled and grated

1 teaspoon dried goldenseal

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

1¼ cups water

1.In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil.

2.Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the herbs for 10 minutes.

3.Strain into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press the liquid from the herbs before discarding them.

4.Drink 2 to 3 times daily when suffering from laryngitis.

Echinacea–Clove Throat Spray

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Echinacea combats infection and inflammation, making it ideal for easing laryngitis symptoms. Fresh ginger root and clove essential oil combine to numb the pain and kill bacteria.

½ cup boiling water

1 tablespoon dried echinacea root, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated

2 drops clove essential oil

1.In a cup, combine the water, dried echinacea root, and fresh grated ginger root.

2.Allow the mixture to cool completely.

3.Strain the liquid into a small glass pitcher and discard the herbs.

4.Transfer the liquid into a 4-ounce spray bottle.

5.Add the clove essential oil and shake well.

6.Spray into your mouth, aiming for the back of the throat.

7.Wait at least 10 minutes before eating or drinking. Use as often as needed.