Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Toute est Bonne - for sore throats

Hello and welcome to my first blog post! This throat gargle recipe was my very first herbal concoction that I made in my first year of studying naturopathy. I called it, "Toute est Bonne" (French for 'all is well') as the main ingredient, Sage, was called this during the Medieval period in France. At the time, the French believed it could cure a variety of ailments, hence why it received the nickname.

To prepare the gargle you need:
1/2 cup fresh sage leaves
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch cayenne powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp.  lemon juice
1 tsp. Manuka honey
1 cup water

- Add the water to a saucepan and bring to the boil over the stove
- Add sage, cinnamon and cayenne
- Simmer for 10mins
- Remove from the heat and strain (with either a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth) into a cup
- Add salt, lemon juice and honey
- Gargle morning and night to help relieve a sore throat.

Alternatively you can leave out the salt and drink the gargle as a tea (this is what I generally do).

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional.

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