Herbal teas against sore throat: which plants? efficiency ? receipts ?
Which plants are effective in relieving sore throat?
Sore throat is a symptom associated with many ENT conditions such as angina, nasopharyngitis… It is characterized by a throat inflammation, and is often associated with pain on swallowing. To soothe sore throats, irritations or infections, it is possible to use plants with the particular virtues anti-inflammatories. Among them :
- the walnut : astringent (it tightens the tissues), it has a “very interesting effect in the inflammation of the back of the throat”, explains Dr. Franck Gigon, phytotherapist;
- the meadowsweet “It contains a cousin of aspirin (salicylic acid) which gives it a anti-inflammatory effect very light” ;
- brambles, for their astringent effect ;
- thyme, known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties ;
- chamomile flowers, lanceolate plantain leaves, white broth or honey (unmixed organic) soften irritation.
How to quickly soothe a sore throat? Our herbal tea recipes to make at home
Herbal teas or infusions are well-known remedies for treating many disorders, including sore throats. The ideal is to drink herbal teas that are effective against this symptom, and to do in addition to gargling.
Natural herbal tea recipe for sore throat
- 100 g of leaves walnut
- 100g of meadowsweet
Infuse two level tablespoons of the mixture for 10 minutes in half a liter of simmering water, then filter. Done 2 to 3 gargles per day by swallowing the liquid afterwards.
The advice in addition to Dr. Gigon: put two drops ofpeppermint essential oil on a sugar that you mix with the infusion. Also suck four to eight propolis tablets a day.
Infusion recipe for gargling to cure a sore throat
“You can make an infusion of the leaves of walnutof bramble leaves and of mallow leaves. We put 125 grams of each, 3 tablespoons of the mixture in 1 liter of cold water brought to a boil. Place a lid, leave to stand for 10 minutes, filter and make gargling. The idea is to have a direct action of plants at the back of the throat“. As with the previous recipe, gargle 2 to 3 times a day, swallowing the liquid afterwards.
Recipe based on thyme to soothe throat pain in case of cough
- 50 grams of white broth flowers
- 25 grams of mallow flowers
- 125 grams of leaves thyme vulgar
Bring 3 level tablespoons of this mixture to a gentle boil. Leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Filter and drink 4 to 6 cups per day in the morning and at noon.
Pregnant women, children… What are the contraindications of herbal teas?
In order to avoid any risk of toxicity or allergic reaction, for example, plants and therefore herbal teas are not not recommended at the house of :
- them pregnant women ;
- the women breastfeeding ;
- them children under 12.
In case of treatmentdo not hesitate to seek advice from a health professional to avoid any risk of interaction between a treatment and an herbal tea.
As a reminder, most sore throats are not serious and heal quickly. However, if the sore throat persists for several days or intensifiesor if it is associated with a high fever or respiratory disorders, it is advisable to see a doctor.
To read : I treat myself with plants for dummies, Dr. Franck Gigon and Christopher Hobbs, ed. First, €16.95.