the sore throat is characterized by inflammation of the lining of the throat. To protect it, we must have recourse to plants rich in tannins, having virtues analgesics, antibacterial, anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory drugs. What are they ? How to use them? All our advice to heal quickly.
What herbs for a sore throat?
We can turn to plants from the Rosaceae family.
“The latter, like the leaves of bramble, agrimony, benoîte roots, are rich in tannins, which protect the lining of the throat,” explains Dr. Jean-Michel Morel. They also have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. “
- Bramble leaves : “They are preparing in decoction to extract the tannins ”, specifies the phytotherapist.
The recipe : Boil ½ liter of water. Throw in 2 good pinches of bramble leaves. Let boil, covered, 2 to 3 min. Leave to infuse for 15 min. Filter. Express the leaves so that they release all their juice.
The prescription :drink this infusion 4 times a day slowly so that it is in contact with the mucous membranes, then reduce the number of daily intakes over 4 days.
“People who do not like the taste of bramble leaves may gargling three to four times a day, ”suggests the doctor.
- The mixture of bramble leaves and sage : “Sage leaves are complementary to bramble leaves thanks to their analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions”, explains the herbalist.
The recipe : boil ½ l of water. Add a big pinch of bramble leaves and a pinch of sage leaves. Let boil 2 to 3 minutes. Infuse 15 min. Filter.
The prescription: drink 4 times a dayslowly this infusion so that it is in contact with the mucous membranes, then reduce the number of daily intakes over 4 days.
- Benoîte roots: “It is a very interesting little plant from the Rosaceae family which contains 20% tannins, explains Dr Morel. It is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and protective, but also analgesic thanks to an essential oil based on eugenol it contains. “
The recipe : boil ½ liter of water. Add a big pinch of benoîte roots. Let boil for 2 minutes, no more so as not to lose the active ingredients of the plant. Infuse 15 min. Filter.
The prescription: drink the infusion 3 to 4 times a day then reduce the number of doses over 4 days.
Three plants stand out: the thyme, the’oregano and the thyme.
“They contain active phenolic ingredients and anti-inflammatory terpenes,” explains Dr. Morel. These plants are also immunostimulating, tonic and antimicrobial thanks to their essential oil. We can use them in prevention all winter by doing cures, either for 2 weeks then we stop for 1 week, or every other week. “
Recipe : whether you choose thyme, oregano or wild thyme, make an infusion of 2 tbsp. to c. in 300 ml of water.
The prescription: drink 100 ml three times a day for a minimum of 4 days or as a cure as suggested above.
Namely: “Reduce the dose in pregnant women, and atchild prefer it thyme less concentrated in phenolic active ingredients ”, advises the doctor.
” The sore throat being original viral, we can turn to elderberries to antiviral and anti-influenza virtues, and effective on some coronavirus, but also towardssea buckthorn as a basic preventive treatment, and towards all small red and black fruits for their wealth in vitamin C and in anthocyanins, very protective of the mucous membranes ”, informs the phytotherapist.
The prescription: elderberries are taken in juice to drink slowly so that it lines the mucous membranes well. “We can also take them in extract capsules, at the rate of 4 times a day at the start of the infection, then space the intakes: 3 times a day, 2 times a day, over 5 days ”, suggests Dr. Morel.
the sea buckthorn juice is taken as a basic preventive treatment at a rate of 3 cm in a glass every morning during Three weeks, then we stop for a week and start again.
Honey and propolis for sore throat
“The products of the hive have softening, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulating properties”, details the phytotherapist.
The prescription: 1 tablet of propolis every 2 to 3 hours approximately then one space the catches little by little over a few days, or 3 to 4 grains of propolis to let melt in the mouth so that the propolis is released slowly.
” The honey can be used to make a honeydew with essential oils », Explains the doctor.
Sore throat: which essential oils to choose?
“We will focus on the essential oil of lemon,tea tree or from pepper mint which are anti-infectious, antiviral », Specifies Dr Morel.
How do we take them? ” In one honeydew, that is, by mixing in a tablespoon of honey and 1 drop of lemon essential oil and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil. You have to mix for a long time, until a whitish paste is obtained, ”explains the phytotherapist. This honeydew is at let it melt in your mouth 3 to 4 times a day.
” In case of pain in the throat, one replaces the essential oil of lemon by 1 drop of essential oil of tea tree, with 1 drop of essential oil of peppermint. Be careful, this mixture cannot be given to the child! », Warns the practitioner.
And here is something to take care of naturally this winter in case you forgot your scarf and hat, and caught a little cold.