I was home sick for a week in the fall with a cold, sore throat and cough… Not all that uncommon during the season change. I decided to take the opportunity to test some remedies and here’s what I found worked for me.
Warm water w Sea Salt and Turmeric Gargle
This is so simple, and yet really effective. I used ½ tsp of sea salt + a pinch of turmeric in a small cup and added hot water. I stirred in the sea salt and turmeric to mix it well. Then I would take one mouthful at a time and gargle as long as I could. I was surprised at the relief it provided. This remedy is most effective when done in the morning and before bed.
What do all these things have in common? They are all potent warming substances – perfect when one has a cold. While the kettle was boiling, I would use a slice of lemon, a cinnamon stick, a Yogi Ginger tea bag, a ½ tsp of honey and a few pinches of turmeric. When the water boils, I pour it into the mug and drink it as soon as it cools down enough not to burn my mouth. This combination is warming and soothing – great for a cold and sore throat.
Manuka Honey Lozenges
I am a huge fan of manuka honey, and an even bigger fan of the lozenges. I take them to soothe my throat. They even have a variety of flavors now. We use these a lot for airplane travel too[Symbol]
Oil Pulling w Sesame Oil
This one surprised me a little. I oil pull to strengthen my teeth, not soothe my throat, and yet I noticed a soothing effect while my throat was sore. Take one tablespoon of sesame oil into your mouth and swish it around for 2 to 20 minutes. It is great for the oral mucosa – all the way down into the throat!
When we are well rested our system tends to be more resilient – in a nutshell, rest helps us to maintain and build our ojas (vital protective energy). When anything is off kilter, rest can be a helpful way for your system to re-establish its balance. Some of the practices I do to help me rest more deeply are Yoga Nidra, breath awareness, and restorative yoga.
What are your go to practices or remedies when you have a cold or sore throat? I would love to hear from you.
Om shanti, prema and svastha (peace, love, and health),