I’m so glad y’all enjoyed Hailey popping in yesterday. She’s such a sweetheart to let me rest up. You see, we have a big weekend ahead and I just can’t afford to get sick. (When can anyone ever really afford to get sick though? It always sucks, right?)
Forced frown because *fun fact* I can’t actually frown. It’s true. My chin just gets all mushy and weird looking.
This weekend, I woke up with my throat on fire. I knew I’d pull out every trick in the book to try and kick the darn thing. Starting with hot tea (and a banana and an egg on a bagel- gotta fuel the machine).
I’m a big fan of Throat Coat. I find it soothes and protects and with no caffeine, I can drink it all day long.
Hot tea is pretty typical, right? So is water. I drank a lot of water with lemon. I figured a little extra citrus and vitamin C can’t hurt.
But again, typical. I knew I’d need more than chugging water to kick this thing, so I turned to garlic.
Yes, raw garlic. Allicin, a chemical found in garlic, kills the bacteria that causes strep throat. Confession. I’ve never done this before, but I was desperate. So I peeled a clove of garlic, cut it in half and stuck a half in each cheek. You’re not supposed to chew, just suck. At first I was all “WOAH, this is spicy!”
Then, I realized it wasn’t all that bad and heck, if it works, why not?
I continued on to have 4 garlic “lozenges” throughout the day for about 10 minutes each time, making sure to swallow the juices. (If you can’t stomach the thought of straight garlic, I recommend a high-quality garlic complex. It will help in the same way!)
Next I turned to good old fashion gargling. I swear by it. 1 cup very warm water mixed with 1/2 tsp salt. Gargle and spit, preferably in front of your significant other because it’s super sexy. (As if the garlic breath wasn’t enough!)
You’d think I’d be done, but no. I meant business and nothing means business quite like apple cider vinegar. I just cringed writing that. I’ve attempted ACV before because people swear by it’s curing abilities, it is a natural expectorant after all, but it was so hard to stomach.
This time, however, I mixed 1 Tbsp of AVC and 1 Tbsp of honey into 1 cup of very warm water. Here’ the secret- DRINK IT WHILE IT’S WARM. It is surprisingly good and feels like a warm hug for your throat. I drank four of these through the day.
Next up, Kombucha. Citrus flavor because vitamin C cures everything, right? Plus I’m a believer it kombucha’s anti-inflammatory properties in healing me when I’m sick. That why now I even brew my own.
Though I know many people swear a good sweat session can make you feel better, my body begged for rest. I listened.
Finally, after a hot shower (yay for steam!), I decided to go for the gold. I threw my go-to-cure-all at the sore throat. It’s a remedy that has been in use since the early days of…. my childhood.
Hot and sour soup. I swear, it will make everything better. Don’t have a favorite Chinese spot? Make your own with this crockpot hot and sour soup recipe.
So, the real question- am I cured? Well, not 100%, so sorry for the misleading title, but I feel SO much better. The gunk is me isn’t such a scary color any more (TMI?) and my throat doesn’t hurt! My head still feels pretty stuffy, so I’m pulling out my neti pot and going through another day of sick warfare. Go immune system, Go!
Edited later to add: I use all these remedies consistently when I feel a sore throat and cold coming on and consistently feel better within a day. Try them out and tell me what you think!
What’s your natural cure of choice?
Ever tried raw garlic?