Sore Throat Gargle – Monday Made


“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  ~World Health Organization, 1948

I always find that when I have the worst sore throat is when there are no store-brought, throat-taming products in our house.

Today, for instance, my head is pounding, I feel like someone is standing on my chest and my throat is like razor blades. I really haven’t got the patience to haul myself and kids down to the shops to get something to help me out. My husband’s (and mother’s!!) first response to any claim of a sore throat is to gargle salt water. But you know what? That makes me vomit. No jokes.

Here steps in a book  I bought on a whim when I fist had my son and decided that I was going to try avoid man-made medicines (uhmm,….that lasted until the first teeth started coming through!!)

There are, it seems, quite a few things that Lipp describes helping with a sore throat. A lot of plants have a antibacterial and anaesthetic effect, apparently! Some I have heard of – onions and sage, and lot I hadn’t –Burbank, Marshmallow (not the puffy, sweet kind),  Slippery Elm, Horehound.

Last year sometime I recalled watching a TV series about home remedies. Aptly titled Grow Your Own Drugs,  each episode focussed on a specific plant type giving a medicinal guide to petals, trees, wild plants, exotic plants, edible plants and garden herbs. Handy.

This also introduced me to a new kind of botany – Ethnobotoany This is the study of plants used in folklore, religion, etc. Fascinating stuff!!

So James Wong,  a young ethnobotanist who is also rather easy on the eye, had a good solution for my housebound, pain ridden, grumpy brained self today-  a pungent Onion Garlge.

I used his wise words, and some of Lipp’s sage (get it?!) advice, and concocted a home remedy.

What you need:

1 onion

Juice of a large lemon

1/2 tsp salt

Sprig of parsley

A few sage leaves


What to do:

1. Finely chop onion & sage and place in a  bowl with the lemon juice & salt.

2. Refrigerate for one hou

3. Strain & gargle!

4. Chew on sprig of parsley to get rid of the onion breath.

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