Sep 252017
Safe and Natural Ways To Treat Sore Throat

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15 million people with sore throat visit the doctor every year while natural, safe and inexpensive home remedies work as well as potentially hazardous pharmaceuticals.


Approximately 15 million people in the USA with sore throats visit the doctor every year with up to 70% receiving antibiotics even though only a much-smaller percentage actually suffer from strep throat: about 20 – 30% of children and as little as 5-10% of adults. The average cost of a medical visit for a sore throat can cost anywhere between $150 and $300, depending on what tests are ordered and the medication that is given. Emergency Department (ED) visits for the same reason are even more expensive.

While it is sometimes necessary to seek professional medical assistance for a sore throat, many times a good natural remedy will work just as well as potentially hazardous pharmaceuticals. Not only are you being environmentally responsible but you are protecting your body from an array of chemicals that are often prescribed when not necessary. There are countless natural, safe and inexpensive home remedies for you to try when it comes to soothing and healing a sore throat.

Natural remedies for sore throat:

Sage and water / Wheatgrass juice
Sage and water have great throat-soothing properties and can be used to ease swollen and painful nasal passages as well. Some recipes call for a mixture of sage, brown sugar, vinegar and water while others simply suggest you steeping a tea with dried sage leaves and hot water. A quick gargle and spit with Wheatgrass juice helps to prevent bacteria growth and eases a sore throat. It is also said to help rejuvenate inflamed gums and lessen toothache.

Apple cider vinegar
If a bad cough has left your throat raw and inflamed make sure to get hold of a bottle of apple cider vinegar. Germs will not be able to survive the acidic environment created and your throat will have time to heal. Gargle using a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water. If you are looking for a gentler treatment add half a teaspoon of honey to the mixture.

Clove tea and tomato juice
Simply add 1 to 3 teaspoons of ground cloves to warm water, allow it to steep for a few minutes and gargle. Cloves contain great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can heal and soothe a sore throat rapidly. Another alternative is to gargle with a mixture of tomato juice, warm water and hot sauce. The antioxidant properties of the lycopene will aid the throat in healing faster.

Natural remedies for sore throat not withstanding, if your throat is coupled with mild to severe symptoms such as a very high fever, headache and vomiting it is recommended to seek professional medical advice. As much as we would like to take full responsibility for our healing there are times when we need to seek out assistance. If children are unable to eat or drink due to a sore throat urgent medical care is required before they become dehydrated.

Contributed by Lucy W. (

Jan 222016

Common Sense Vs Natural And OrganicAny health-conscious consumer should educate her or himself on the differences between natural vs organic and then exercise common sense. As it is right now, the green movement popularized a lot of valuable information as well as some paranoia. Many consumers scared by truthful – as well as misleading – information pursue “organic” products and nothing but.

So far there is no legal definition of natural. There is a “legal” definition of organic. Consequently, one would assume that products (I’m speaking here of products OTHER than foods!) labeled as “organic” actually are. At the same token, products labeled as “natural” are less healthful or safe. That’s not the case.

Speaking of hygiene products or cosmetics for instance, most of them CANNOT be “organic” REGARDLESS of what the label says. (My personal favorites are products marked as 50% “organic”!) A hygiene or cosmetic product consisting of more than one ingredient is likely to contain at least one ingredient that is UNAVAILABLE “organic”. Would you like an example? There is NO “organic” water! (Actually, there is a long list of ingredients that don’t have “organic” equivalents.)

It is possible to apply for and receive “organic” certification from USDA. “Organic” sounds better, sells better and yes, it is pricier. In the majority of cases however the “organic” is not as “organic” and not as healthy or safe as we’d like to believe. Would you like another example? “Organic” and natural cosmetics containing “organic” and / or “natural” colors. (This one topic alone would make for a captivating book!) Few of them work and few of them last without more or less toxic additives. But the stories written by their manufacturers are pure poetry, one GREAT example of a “natural” colorant is mica. (Research mica and you’re guaranteed to be disappointed: the dazzling colors of “natural mica” are anything but natural.)

There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation out there. I just read a cool piece about a DIY organic anti-aging cream. The author explains – and SHOWS!!! – how to sterilize plastic containers by boiling them?! (Don’t try it at home, EVER: plastic containers are toxic, heating them releases even more toxins; boiling them can eventually melt them and you’ll inhale a great deal of poison!) Among all the very healthy – leave alone “organic” ingredients is vitamin E oil…. There is nothing wrong with vitamin E oil, I’m referring to the quality available in vitamin E capsules. But adding a few drops of the commercially available (and shown on the pictures) so called “vitamin oil for facial use”, a weak solution which contains 1 to 5% of the real thing is pointless….

The truth is that the “green industry” isn’t regulated the way consumers believe it to be. There is a huge amount of unintentional – and intentional! – misinformation. The best way to navigate the murky waters of the natural, “organic” and otherwise “healthy” products is common sense. Organic products (other than organic foods) are not as “organic” as one would think. Natural products are not necessarily inferior to their “organic” counterparts. The main difference between “natural” and “organic” could well be the integrity of the manufacturer….

Personally, I recommend finding an individual – or company – obsessed with health and safety and following him / her or it and buying their products. Another way is to ask questions prior to making a purchase.

Article contributed by Sturm Enrich who runs
and is a contributing editor of several leading publications