Today is the 4th day I’ve woken up with a lump in my throat. It hurts so badly to swallow, I find myself collecting large pools of saliva in my mouth throughout the day just to avoid having to do it. Eww, that’s gross, I know. And probably too much information.
I’ve also tried every natural remedy that I know of, and I still haven’t beaten it. It seems to be worse at night, before I go to sleep. But when it gets the absolute worst is when I first wake up in the morning…just thinking about the pain in my throat – as if I’ve swallowed a fistful of knife blades – the last three mornings is enough to make me wince.
So far, I have tried:
- Gargling with warm salt water.
- Drinking orange juice with a pinch of cayenne pepper powder. Except, I forgot to drink it through a straw. Okay, I will do it next time.
- Sucked on so many zinc-containing Zand Herbalozenges that I have no taste anymore and don’t feel like eating.
- Imbibed cup after cup of hot water spiked with oodles of honey and lemon.
Here are the things I HAVEN’T yet tried, but will hopefully get around to trying soon:
- Made myself some horehound candy to suck on. This is actually my favorite remedy (well, more for coughs than sore throats, but I wonder if it wouldn’t work as well), but I am out of horehound and forgot to stock up this past winter. I don’t like any of the recipes I’ve found online because they all contain brown sugar, corn syrup, or cream of tartar (?!), and I can’t find the one from my Master Herbalist classes.
- Gargled with a drop of Cedarwood essential oil in a half cup of water (from Jeanne Rose’s “The Aromatherapy Book.”). I am out of Cedarwood oil – gave my last bottle to my Mom.
- Gargled with Heliotrope tincture (also from Jeanne Rose’s book). <== This is because I can’t seem to find anyone who carries Heliotrope tincture, nor do I have time to grow any Heliotrope first!
- Sucked on a sugar cube with a drop of Cinnamon on it. (I have no sugar cubes in the house). <== Also from Jeanne Rose
- Used any hot compresses around the throat (such as with apple cider vinegar, or lobelia and hops, or castor oil) – I’m still nursing and I’m afraid of what my little one might think of this (or do with this). (From Diane Stein, “The Natural Remedy Book for Women.”)
All right, anyone else have any other suggestions? Please leave them in the comments so I can collect them up into this post with a backlink to your site. Thanks in advance!