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Though sore throats and laryngitis are not technically the same, they respond to the same treatments. Laryngitis is an inflammation of the throat, resulting in hoarseness and an occasional sore throat. Laryngitis is generally a result of an infection or stressed vocal cords. Sore throats are usually a result of infection but don’t necessarily result in laryngitis.

What to Do

The best and surest cure for laryngitis is to rest the voice. Several herbal companies make excellent throat sprays incorporating echinacea, licorice, slippery elm, and other herbs specific to soothing irritated vocal cords. Make your own by brewing a triple-strength tea of licorice, echinacea, and sage ( 3 teaspoons of herb per cup ), and add a few drops of tea tree, peppermint, or eucalyptus essential oil to it. Put the mix in a mister or spray bottle and squirt it into the back of the throat as needed. Sage is often helpful for relieving sore throats and laryngitis. Prepare it as an infusion, and use it as both a tea and a gargle.

Throat Soother Tea

This tea strengthens the voice and soothes throat irritation.

  • 2 parts licorice root
  • 1 part cinnamon
  • 1 part echinacea
  • 1 part marsh mallow root
  • 1/8 part ginger
  • Mix the herbs and prepare as a decoction. Drink several cups of tea a day.

Cough Be Gone & Sore Throat Syrup

This syrup for sore and inflamed throats is much tastier than my Sore Throat Gargle.

  • 4 parts fennel seeds
  • 2 parts licorice root
  • 2 parts marsh mallow root
  • 2 parts valerian
  • 2 parts wild cherry bark
  • 1 part cinnamon bark
  • ½ part gingerroot
  • 1/8 part orange peel
  • Mix the herbs and prepare as a syrup.
  • Take 1–2 teaspoons every hour or two throughout the day, or use whenever a bout of coughing starts up.

Sore Throat Gargle

This is a gargle for sore throats and laryngitis; however, it is different in to usual taste but is effective.

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup strong sage tea (triple strength)
  • 2–3 tablespoons salt
  • pinch of cayenne
  • Combine all the ingredients and shake to mix. Gargle with this mixture frequently throughout the day.

Throat Balls

This tasty herbal candy is excellent for sore throats and even for strep throat. If organically grown goldenseal is unavailable, substitute Oregon grape root.

  • 1 part carob powder
  • 1 part licorice root powder
  • 1 part marsh mallow powder
  • 1/2 part echinacea powder
  • ¼ part goldenseal powder (organically cultivated)
  • Few drops of peppermint essential oil
  • Use the herbs and essential oil to make a batch of herbal candy.
  • Take one marble-sized ball three to four times daily.


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