With the cold and flu season here, many are getting sick and more often than not, if the people around us are sick, we’re probably going to get sick too. This season’s weather brings about coughs, cold and a dreadful sore throat.
While some would recommend running over to your local drug store to pick up flu medicine or a sore throat spray, these products could get a bit pricey and include some unwanted ingredients. So, why not make your own?
During times like this, it’s always nice to have a sore throat spray that will soothe your irritated throat and relieve that violent cough. What better way of keeping one handy than to formulate your own with herbs and essential oils that have been used for centuries for this specific purpose.
Make It Yourself: Herbal Sore Throat and Cough Spray
This throat spray can easily be made by creating a strong herbal tincture mixed with raw honey. The herbs used in this remedy both offer fast-acting relief and long-lasting benefits for relieving that pesky cold.
Making a tincture isn’t hard, all it requires is a consumable alcohol like rum or vodka, a glass jar and some dried herbs. The herbs that will be used for this recipe will include the following:
- Marshmallow root
Once you have your herbs, fill your jar half full and submerge it with the alcohol of your choice. You could also use apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin as well, but it won’t last as long or be as potent.
Once you have submerged your herbs, place the lid on your jar and store it in a cool place so the alcohol can absorb the plant nutrients. Shake your jar daily for at least three weeks to six months. Strain it with a cheesecloth and store your tincture in a colored dropper bottle. For a more detailed tutorial, click here.
Now that you know the basics of how to make a tincture, you can use it to make a sore throat spray.
- 3 tablespoons of herbal tincture
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- Combine all the ingredients together in a small spray bottle and shake until the honey is fully mixed.
- Store in the fridge and used as desired.
Now that you have made your very own sore throat and cough spray, make sure you keep it in the refrigerator and it should last up to six long months. But before you begin to make your tincture, however, check the herbs to make sure you’re not allergic to any of them and go over them with your doctor to ensure that using these herbs for a tincture would be beneficial for you.
Recipe inspired by Wellness Mama.