UGG...IT's Sore Throat Season

You Probably Know Someone With a Sore Throat

With the kids back in school, it's time for all the germs to get mixed up and spread throughout schools, work and families. 

The good news is there is a quick and easy remedy and you most likely have it in your kitchen just waiting for the holidays to start! 

It's household sage! I know! who knew sage could be used as a medicine? 

Most herbs were found in our ancestors 'medicine cabinets' because they knew Mother Nature provides everything we need to stay healthy and strong. 

As science and technology have progressed and the ever moving machine of commerce rolls on what our grandparents and beyond used as their medicines have been diluted and picked apart by pharmacology chemists until most of us don't even know that 'medicine' began with herbs, roots, and bark. 

For example; do you know where aspirin comes from? Or how about tamiflu? 

The ancient Egyptians used the bark from the Willow Tree as a remedy for their aches and pains. We don't know if they know how it worked or if they knew all of its benefits but fast forward to 400 BC where Hippocrates (our doctor of modern medicine) referred to the use of salicylic tea to reduce fevers. It wasn't until the 18th century when Willow Bark tea was recognized for reducing the specific effects on fever, pain, and inflammation.

Tamiflu is made from the seeds of the Sweet Gum tree. Most people think of this tree as a menace, with the seed pod looking like a medieval weapon. The circular pod and spikes all around it were also 'fun' for my brothers to use in their slingshot! 

You get the idea of where our modern day medicines have come from. Now for the sage tea gargle. 

Sage herb Salvia officinalis has a very long history for its health benefits. From the Egyptians throughout today. Sage was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1840 to 1900. It has a long list of uses including drying up mothers milk to stopping bleeding gums. It has been heralded for general digestion, strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses.

This is all good information but I want to share its powers for a common sore throat.  

Gathering fresh grown culinary sage or buying it at the local farmers market will be the best to ensure it has been raised with love and without chemicals. If these aren't available to you go to your local 'Whole Foods' type store to find it without pesticides and other chemicals. 

You will not want to use what is found on the shelf in the spices section of the grocery store. 

Get the sage now before you need it. Bring it home and bundle it and hang it in a dry dark area to dry. When you know it is really good and dry you can store it in a glass jar. Be sure to mark it, you think you'll remember what it is but....better safe than sorry. I date it and state what it is. 

When you or someone you love gets the first sign of a sore throat boil the dried leaves in water to make a tea to gargle. 

Sage Tea

  • 1 pan with a tight-fitting lid
  • 3 cups good fresh water, not city tap water
  • 1 tbl dried sage leaves

Bring water and sage to a low boil for 5 mins. remove from heat and steep 40 mins with the lid on tight. 

When you remove the lid after it is cooled to room temperature allow the condensation from the lid to fall back into the pan, this is good stuff and you don't want to waste it. 

Gargle every 30 mins until it's gone. You don't need to swallow it. 

Do this as often as needed. You can make a bigger batch and store in the fridge. It will keep a couple of days but it's best when used that same day. 

Here's to staying Healthy! 

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