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Natural Cough and Sore Throat Remedies

Millions of people suffer from sore throat and strep throat each year. In the U.S., sore throat is often one of the first signs that you’re coming down with a cold, especially if a runny nose and cough soon follow.

In most cases you don’t need to see your physician for a sore throat, and fewer than 1 in 10 people actually do. Even so, sore throat is the second most common acute infection seen by family practitioners.

In 85 percent to 95 percent of cases, sore throats in adults are caused by viruses.
Only about 10 percent are due to bacteria, including group A β-hemolytic streptococcus, while allergies, acid reflux, and even dry weather can also cause a sore throat. If you feel a sore throat coming on, you needn’t suffer through it.

There are many natural remedies that can not only take the edge off but also help with healing. As a bonus, many of the remedies that follow work for both coughs and sore throats because they tackle the underlying viral infection.

11 Sore Throat and Cough Remedies

1. Hydrogen Peroxide
At the first sign of a cold, which is often behind a sore throat, pour a capful of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in each ear. This works remarkably well at resolving respiratory infections, like colds and flu.

You will hear some bubbling, which is completely normal, and possibly feel a slight stinging sensation. Wait until the bubbling and stinging subside (usually 5 to 10 minutes), then drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear.

2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is best known for its benefits for infectious diseases. Research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that regular supplementation with vitamin C had a “modest but consistent effect in reducing the duration of common cold symptoms.

Kiwi fruits are exceptionally high in vitamin C, along with vitamin E, folate, polyphenols, and carotenoids. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that a kiwi-packed diet reduced the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections symptoms in older individuals.

Other foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, papaya, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar may be useful for sore throats. Gargle with a mixture of about one-third cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water, as needed.

4. Raw Garlic and Oil of Oregano
Garlic is packed with immune-boosting, anti-microbial compounds that may fight off viruses. Take a clove or two and chew them, letting the juice get into the back of your throat, then swallow. You can do the same with oil of oregano.

5. Lemons
You can use lemons multiple ways to soothe a sore throat. Try cutting a lemon in half and sprinkling it with natural unprocessed salt and black pepper, then sucking it.
You can also make a potent “lemonade” out of fresh lemon juice, water, stevia, and cayenne pepper (this will help promote detoxification too).

6. Herbal Remedies
Herbs such as eucalyptus, peppermint, anise, slippery elm, and fennel (and their oils) act as cough suppressants. Sipping an herbal tea or using the essential oils (in a diffuser or hot compress for instance) may help relieve your cough, while Echinacea and sage may relieve a sore throat.
One study found an echinacea/sage throat spray worked just as well as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray in relieving sore throats among children.

7. Licorice Root
Gargling with licorice root, a traditional sore throat remedy, may soothe your throat. Look for it in liquid extract form, which has been shown to lead to less severe post-operative sore throat.

8. Raw Honey
Raw honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and may also boost your immune system. It has also been found to relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection in children.

9. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup made with homemade bone broth is excellent for speeding healing and recuperation from illness. You’ve undoubtedly heard the old adage that chicken soup will help cure a cold, and there’s scientific support8 for such a statement.
For instance, it contains immune-stimulating carnosine to help fight off infection.
In addition to the anti-inflammatory benefits of bone broth, chicken contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less sticky so you can expel it more easily.

Keep in mind that processed, canned soups will not work as well as the homemade version made from slow-cooked bone broth. If combating a cold, make the soup hot and spicy with plenty of pepper.

The spices will trigger a sudden release of watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin down the respiratory mucus so it’s easier to expel. Black peppercorns also contain high amounts of piperine, a compound with fever-reducing and pain-relieving properties.

10. Salt Water Gargle
One of the simplest ways to soothe a sore throat is to gargle with natural salt, which helps kill bacteria, ease sore throat pain, and prevents upper respiratory tract infections.
Try a solution of one-half teaspoon salt in one-half cup of warm water.

11. Colloidal Silver
Last but not least, colloidal silver (silver that’s suspended in a small amount of liquid) has long been used as an antimicrobial agent.

Researchers from Brigham Young University tested colloidal silver against five pathogens, including streptococci, and found it worked as well as commonly used antibiotics.

The researchers noted the silver solution “exhibits an equal or broader spectrum of activity than any one antibiotic tested” and could be “effectively used as an alternative to antibiotics.In this case, the silver could be especially useful for cases of strep throat.

Herbal Snuff Recipe (If You Dare)
The Epoch Times recently shared a bold “herbal snuff” recipe that is meant to be snorted, and can also be applied directly to your tonsils. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the collection of ingredients just may send your infection packing:

Herbal Snuff Recipe
7 parts goldenseal root powder
7 parts bayberry bark powder
1 part cayenne pepper powder
1 part garlic powder

Grind up finely, mix well, and snort.

If you prefer an option you can drink instead, try the Epoch Times’ Total Tonic recipe. For best results, swish it around your mouth and gargle with it before swallowing.

Total Tonic Recipe

1 handful of garlic cloves
1 handful of chopped onions
1 handful of chopped ginger
1 handful of chopped horseradish
½ handful of chopped habanero peppers
Raw apple cider vinegar

Put all of the ingredients in a blender, cover with an inch or two of organic raw apple cider vinegar, and blend.
Consume the mash right away, or wait two weeks and use it as a tincture.

Have You Tried a Neti Pot?

Using a neti pot (a small, teapot-like pot) is a simple technique to safely cleanse your sinuses of irritants. It may help with nasal congestion and may also be useful for relieving cold symptoms. The technique itself is very simple. To start, you’ll need:

All-natural Himalayan salt or sea salt (avoid using processed salt)

Sterilized water
Neti pot or bulb syringe
Towel or washcloth

Be sure that you avoid tap water, as it could potentially be contaminated with brain-eating amoeba or other contaminants. Only use water that is:


Previously boiled for one minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes) and left to cool

Filtered using a filter with an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller
The technique, outlined below, may seem unusual at first. However, once learned, you will quickly realize how beneficial it can be for sinus problems.

1. Locate a workable container. The neti pot is specially designed with a spout that fits comfortably in one nostril. Alternatives you can use include a bulb syringe, a small flower watering pot, a turkey baster, or just a teacup (though the latter will be messier).

2. Fill the container with lukewarm sterile salt water. The salt-to-water ratio is 1 teaspoon sea salt to 1 pint (2 cups) water.

3. Have some tissues within reach for this next part. Over a sink, tilt your head forward so you are looking directly down toward the sink. Insert the spout into your right nostril. It is important that you breathe through your mouth. Turn your head to the right and let water move into the right nostril and exit the left nostril.
Normally, you will feel the water as it passes through your sinuses. It is fine if some of the water drains into your mouth. Simply spit it out and adjust the tilt of your head.

4. After using a cup of water, repeat the above procedure for the other nostril.

5. To finish, expel any remaining water by quickly blowing air out in both open nostrils 15 times over the sink. Avoid the temptation to block off one nostril, as doing so may force water into your eustachian tube.

6. When you’re finished, rinse the neti pot (or other device) thoroughly with sterile water (the same water you used to fill the pot), then leave it to air dry completely.

You can perform this nasal irrigation up to four times a day until your symptoms improve, which may take three to six months if you’re facing a chronic sinus infection. Generally, however, if you follow the instructions carefully and continue the routine until all your symptoms resolve, it is a very effective, and safe, technique.

natural-cough-and-sore-throat-remediesA Healthy Immune System Will Cut Your Risk of Sore Throats and Cough

The key to preventing colds, sore throats, and coughs – and recovering from them quickly – is to maintain a strong immune system. This includes optimizing your diet, avoiding sugar, optimizing your vitamin D level, getting enough sleep and exercise, managing your stress, and practicing proper hand-washing technique.

Detailed instructions that will help set you the right path can be found in my optimized nutrition plan, which is focused around real food. Importantly, if you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu, avoid all sugar, grains, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods.

Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system, which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection. Foods that may help fight strep throat, sore throat, and even coughs which strengthens your immune response include the following:

Fermented foods help “reseed” your gut with beneficial bacteria (examples include raw kefir, kimchi, miso, pickles, and sauerkraut)

Coconut oil contains lauric acid that your body converts into monolaurin, a monoglyceride with the ability to destroy lipid-coated viruses, including influenza, HIV, herpes, and measles, as well as gram-negative bacteria

Raw, grass-fed organic milk contains beneficial bacteria and fats that prime your immune system. It’s also a good source of vitamin A and zinc. Pasteurized dairy products are best avoided, as they may actually promote respiratory problems such a recurring colds, congestion, and bronchitis.

Garlic is a potent antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agent. As mentioned, ideally consume it raw, and crush it just before eating.

Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also help boost your immune function by raising alkalinity in your body.

Organic vegetables. Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collard greens, and Swiss chard contain powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamin C — all of which help protect against infections.

Ideally, opt for organic locally grown veggies that are in season, and consider eating a fair amount of them raw. Juicing is an excellent way to get more greens into your diet.

Herbal Remedies for Coughs, Colds, and Sore Throat

At first signs of a cold, you could also boost your immune function by taking a supplement or extract. The following are examples of immune-boosting herbs and supplements that may be helpful:

Zinc: Research on zinc has shown that when taken within one day of the first symptoms, zinc can cut down the time you have a cold by about 24 hours.15 Zinc was also found to greatly reduce the severity of symptoms.

Suggested dosage is up to 50 mg/day. Zinc was not recommended for anyone with an underlying health condition, like lowered immune function, asthma, or chronic illness.
Olive leaf extract: Ancient Egyptians and Mediterranean cultures used it for a variety of health-promoting uses and it is widely known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.

Oregano Oil: The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil.

A tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint, and ginger; drink it hot and often for combating a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating a virus from your system.

Echinacea is one of the most widely used herbal medications in Europe to combat colds and infections. One review of more than 700 studies found that using Echinacea can reduce your risk of catching cold by as much as 58 percent.

Elder flower extract: Rich in vitamin C and a wide range of valuable flavonoids, including anthocyanins and quercetin, elder flower has been traditionally used as a tonic to boost immunity.
It is also widely known to promote lung and bronchial tract health.

Elderberry: In one study, elderberry syrup reduced the severity of flu symptoms, and shortened their duration by about four days.16 Elderberry extract is also known for inducing sweating, and helps relieve congestion



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Natural Remedies for an Upset Stomach

Having an upset stomach is not only uncomfortable—it can also be downright embarrassing. But you’re obviously not alone. Indigestion, or dyspepsia in medical lingo, strikes millions of Americans every day.
The culprit can be as simple as eating too much too fast or a more serious problem such as an ulcer, gastrointestinal disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

While over-the-counter treatments abound at local pharmacies, there are also several natural and home remedies that can be just as effective at soothing an upset stomach. We’ve separated fact from fiction when it comes to which of these therapies actually work and which ones are rooted in old wives’ tales rather than science.

This popular cooking spice native to Europe and western Asia has been used to treat gastrointestinal issues since as early as 1500 BC. Recent studies have shown that when taken with peppermint, as much as 95 percent of people suffering from dyspepsia experienced improvement in symptoms.
Caraway appears to help to inhibit smooth muscle contractions, which may reduce diarrhea. The caveat: Most studies have looked at the effectiveness of caraway in combination with another ingredient, so its sole benefit is unknown.

Peppermint and other members of the same plant family, including spearmint, were used to treat upset stomachs in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Today, peppermint oil and leaf are often paired with caraway to relieve irritable bowel and dyspeptic symptoms. The compounds menthol and menthone in peppermint may inhibit smooth muscle contractions, reducing gastrointestinal spasms.
Peppermint oil is an ingredient in most chewing gum, so you might try popping a piece at the onset of indigestion, or brewing a cup of peppermint tea.

A 2011 Taiwanese study found that this popular home remedy helps move food through the digestive tract quickly. But surprisingly, the researchers found it does nothing to alleviate the symptoms of an upset stomach.
Ginger may be more effective for symptoms when paired with peppermint. One study found that 74 percent of patients’ dyspeptic symptoms improved after being given a combo of ginger and peppermint.

Baking Soda
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a common home remedy for indigestion. One 2009 study found that it may help eliminate gas and rebalance pH, but otherwise there is little scientific evidence that backs up its effectiveness in treating upset stomachs.
Also, the risks of consuming too much baking soda may outweigh any benefits. Several medical studies chronicling emergency room visits found that it can be toxic in high quantities.

Banana powder helped relieve upset stomach symptoms in 75 percent of patients in a 1990 study in the journal Lancet, although the mechanism driving this relief is not yet known.

Charcoal Although it sounds odd, charcoal may play a role in soothing an upset stomach. A recent French study found that Carbosymag–a drug made of charcoal, simethicone and magnesium oxide–helped significantly reduce fullness, pain and bloating compared to a placebo.

Some studies show that, when mixed with other herbs such as ginger, cinnamon can be effective in reducing dyspeptic symptoms.


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Chiropractic Health Care: What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a form of health care concerned with the relationship between the spine and pelvis (structure) and the nervous system (function). You may have heard the phrase ‘structure governs function’ meaning if the structure of the body is not optimal, functioning of the body will not be optimal.
Chiropractic philosophy is based on the scientific premise that your body is a self-regulating and self-healing organism with chiropractic simply removing any interference that can stop your body from regulating and healing.

Is chiropractic care safe?
Yes, chiropractic care is safe. It is widely accepted and used as a form of health care by many in the community. Most health care funds cover chiropractic care for injury and rehabilitation.
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.
In relation to neck and back pain treatment, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.

chiropractorCommonly treated symptoms
Chiropractic care is safe, effective and proven for commonly treated symptoms including, but not limited to:

lower back pain
neck pain
hip, knee and leg pain
headaches and migraines
sports injury
carpal tunnel syndrome
joint pain
muscle tension

What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractors are spinal health care professionals. Chiropractors identify and work to correct misalignments in your structure, improve spinal and hip biomechanics and improve nervous system functioning. The chiropractic adjustment is unique to the profession of chiropractic. It involves the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a fixated joint. The purpose of the adjustment is to improve spinal function, improve nervous system function and improve health.

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners therefore a referral is not required.

Further info

Am I too old for chiropractic?
Many patients receive chiropractic care well into their senior years. Adjustments help keep the spine mobile and prevent worsening posture and disc degeneration. With recent concern over life-time dependence on prescription medications and their long term side effects, chiropractic offers a natural, safe and effective treatment alternative for many health complaints. Adjustment technique is modified to suit your comfort levels and health.

How long will I have to see a chiropractor for?
The longer you put off seeking treatment for spinal problems, the longer it may take to treat and correct the issue. Some health complaints require a minimal amount of treatment, others require medium to long term corrective care. Many patients stay on top of their health with infrequent checkups and adjustments.