I woke up in the middle of the night and could hardly swallow. Yep, I had a sore throat. I’m certain you’ve experienced that painful sensation before.

A sore throat can be caused by any number of viruses. And anytime an imbalance shows up in my body, I recognize this is a time for perhaps a little more rest and lots more immunity loving (hint: ramp up that vitamin C).

Remember, this is a sign that the immune system has been activated. In other words, the infection has already taken place and now your body is working to kill off the invader and do what’s most needed to launch a counter-attack (against the virus) for YOU.

Natural remedies are absolutely helpful during any type of healing process, but know that real healing and real love to your body always start with nourishment. When it comes to having inflammation in the body, including a sore throat, stopping aggravators is a key first step to really supporting the body. This means limit pasteurized dairy, grains, refined sugars, alcohol and coffee (sorrrrrry….) :), and, instead, rely heavily on healing broth, herbal infusions, fruits, gently steamed veggies, etc.

Here are my basic suggestions for finding relief from a painful sore throat using nature’s remedies.

1. Aconite ♥

Homeopathic aconite (aconitum napellus) is the number one remedy for nipping colds in the bud. It’s my go-to whenever symptoms come on suddenly, such as in my case of waking up with a sore throat. Whenever you think, “where the heck did that come from,” reach for the aconite.

Suggested Use: Take 4 to 6 pellets 30x or 1 pellet of 30c immediately.

2. Spice of Life Essential Oil Blend  ♥

Spice of Life is a beautiful protective blend of essential oils that has tremendous healing properties. It’s amazing for killing airborne germs and viruses, fighting infections and boosting immunity. This is your bestie when you want to boot a virus fast.

Suggested Use: Apply 1 drop of Spice of Life Blend to the tongue and swish around in the mouth before swallowing. Or, apply 1 drop of Spice of Life Blend to the back of a hand (dorsal side) and lick off. For children, you can dip a toothpick into Spice of Life Blend, then poke into apple slices or stir into applesauce.

3. Raw Honey ♥

Raw, local honey (or manuka honey) is far superior to any cough medicine on the market. It aids the body in HEALING (it’s naturally antibacterial) versus simply suppressing the symptom. Honey also soothes irritated glands and mucous membranes inside the throat AND acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. (Please, I beg you, do not fall into the trap of buying that toxic cough medicine which brings little to no relief. Use honey instead!)

Suggested Use: Eat a teaspoon slowly to help soothe throat. Consider freezing a drop and sucking on it. Make a throat-soothing tea by mixing 1 teaspoon of raw honey, 1 drop of Spice of Life and and 6 to 8 ounces of warm water. Sip as needed to soothe sore throat.

4. Gargle with Real Salt ♥ Water & A Drop of Lavender ♥

You’ve likely heard the suggestion of gargling salt water. But something magical happens when you add in a drop of lavender essential oil. This was a tip passed along to me from one of my mentors… It works amazingly!

Suggested Use: Mix 1 cup of warm filtered water (6 to 8 ounce) with ½ teaspoon of real salt and 1 drop of lavender essential oil and gargle. Repeat as needed throughout the day.

5. Cell Salts ♥

Cell salts stimulate incredible healing in the body. They are a homeopathic preparation of the mineral compounds that are found within all living things. Kali Mur, Nat Sulph, Ferrum Phos are all excellent options to fight inflammation, irritation, congestion and soreness of the throat. If you experience constant sore throats, then you will want to consider adding in Nat Mur.

Suggested Use: 1 Dose = 3 to 5 Pellets. Take under tongue or in water. For the purpose of treating a sore throat, take every half hour to every 2 hours until symptoms subside.

6. Licorice Root ♥

Licorice root is an herb well-known for being a soothing substance and an expectorant (effective at expelling mucus from the lungs and throat). It is commonly used to treat colds and sore throats.

Suggested Use: Add licorice root to your herbal tea infusion. Or, simply buy ready-to-go licorice root tea. Alternatively, you may add a pinch or two of licorice root powder to any tea you like or, even better, reach for a licorice root tincture.

7. Slippery Elm ♥

Slippery elm is also an herb well-known for bringing relief from sore throats (and colds). You could have on-hand herbal capsules or lozenges that have slippery elm as the main ingredient. OR, better yet, make your own herbal throat lozenges or tea with the herb.

Suggested Use: Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 teaspoon of slippery elm herb. Allow it to boil for some time before straining. Sip warm. Make your own homemade slippery elm cough drops with just a few ingredients.

Remember, the goal isn’t to never get sick. Even as adults, getting sick with acute illness every now and then is an opportunity to flex our immunity muscles. When you get sick, it’s an opportunity to rest and offer the body a little love to support the healing process. So, embrace getting sick, but reach for your remedies to help you get over it quickly and with love.

After a sore throat (inflammation and pain), the next step is drainage. This is a good sign because this shows us that the battle is over and now it’s time to rid the waste! This is when we experience coughing, a runny nose and general mucus expectoration.

Once you’re in this phase, you’ll want to reach for a different set of remedies, including aromatic herbs such as capiscum, ginger and thyme, as well as mucilaginous herbs like marshmallow root. This will keep the waste moving out of the body with ease and help you avoid any secondary infections.

To fiercely healing naturally,


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P.S.S.Please note, this post includes suggestions for bringing relief for a sore throat. If you suspect strep throat, a bacterial infection most common in children ages 5 to 15, please take this extra seriously and amp up your natural antibiotics in addition to some of the soothing throat healing suggestions.

As a kid, I recall being diagnosed with strep constantly… which meant rounds and rounds of antibiotics. We now know the dangers and long-term effects of taking prescribed antibiotics. This common treatment plan is the number one cause of leaky gut, which increases the likelihood of foreign proteins entering the bloodstream resulting in inflammation, food intolerances, digestive issues galore and autoimmune disease. This wonder medicine really should be reserved for those times of life and death.

Mama Earth has provided us countless options to heal the body with natural antibiotics that are powerful and effective, such as garlic, oregano essential oil, manuka honey, echinacea and colloidal silver.

(This post contains affiliate links)  Disclaimer: Tonya Holcomb is NOT a licensed doctor. She is a naturopathic practitioner working toward becoming a doctor of naturopathy. The content in this presentation is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is intended to be provided for informational, educational, and self-empowerment purposes ONLY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.