Here at the ranch we have tons of littles running every-which-way!
Little kitty cats.
And a few little humans too.
Because of all the running around in our arid, dusty Sonoran Desert home, dry/scratchy/sore throats are a common occurrence — along with the occasional red, inflamed tonsils of infection.
And you know, I’ve never felt comfortable with cough drops or sore throat lozenges…they just make me nervous, especially with the little ones (and all their running around).
That’s why herbal cough syrups and this sore throat spray have always been my preferred method of treatment.
Not to mention, the children love the feeling of the throat spray. And the taste…”that’s so good Mom!” (is all I need to hear)
Sore Throat Spray
- 1/4 cup organic, raw apple cider vinegar (This is the ONLY stuff I use and trust.)
- 1 1/2 cup purified water (Mine comes from our Big Berkey Filtration System with Fluoride Filters.)
- 1 tablespoon organic, raw buckwheat honey (Read this amazing research study where “parents rated raw buckwheat honey most favorably for symptomatic relief of their child’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to upper respiratory tract infection.” This over conventional/pharmaceutical cough medicine. Get the article…)
- 8 drops On Guard essential oils
- 8 drops Lemon essential oils
- 4 drops Peppermint essential oils
*Optional essential oil add-ins: 1 drop oregano, 1 drop cinnamon, 2 drops frankincense
- Combine apple cider vinegar, water, and honey. GENTLY heat until well combined. Note: It is super, duper important not to allow this mixture to get any warmer than necessary. Doing so will devalue the medicinal properties of the honey.
- Remove from heat. Add essential oils.
- Pour liquid into a glass mister bottle. (I love these! They come in a pack of 12…they fit perfectly in the medicine cabinet and are wonderful on the go AND are awesome for sharing with friends.)
- Label and date. Will keep on shelf for 6-8 months.
Shake well prior to use. Pump 1-2 sprays on the back of the throat for instant soothing relief. Use as often as desired.
Through my studies at the Herbal Academy of New England — and reading books such as Practical Herbalism: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Powers — I have learned that herbs proven effective in treating upper respiratory include (yet are not limited to):
- Wild Cherry Bark
- Mullein Leaves
- Licorice Root
- Elecampane Root
The power of these herbs can be extracted from the plant material by using basic tincturing principles.
To add an herbal punch to this throat spray, tincture a few, or all, of the above mentioned herbs in the apple cider vinegar (prior to using in this recipe) for at least 2-4 weeks following the cycles of the moon for highest potency.
Where Can I Get This Stuff
–Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need by way of Bulk Herbs and Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living! It’s your one-stop-shop!
–For pure, safe essential oils you can trust choose ::
- Plant Therapy (I love these oils!)
- Beeyoutiful Essential Oils (a great cost-effective brand of pure oils — the Beginner Basics Essential Oil Pack is perfect for anyone just starting on the essential oils journey!)
- Mountain Rose Herbs…they have a the best, most complete selection of pure, organic oils
–Starwest Botanicals and The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of these ingredients if you’d like to price check.
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When do the oils go in? Does is have to be shaken before use? What is the shelf life?
Hi CTY great questions! Add essential oils after warming vinegar, water, and honey. Do not heat the mixture with the essential oils. And yes, you must shake well before use. I give this a shelf life of 6-8 months.
Is this formula sold anywhere else?
Great article, I use raw honey for a number of things. I learned about most of the great uses at http://www.benefitsrawhoney.com, to name a few of my favs is hair conditioner, cough suppressant and facial cleanser.
Janelle Lawrence says
Great tips! I’ve recently started experimenting with essential oils and I’ve found oregano oil is very helpful when we get sick. I’m going to have to keep this one on hand for the next cold snap.