Medicine Chest

a sore throat on xmas eve…

This morning I woke up with a sore throat, slightly runny nose and achy ears…. what a lovely christmas eve surprise. Perhaps it was all that healthy eating and early nights over the past week… (including sangria, cadbury favourites and the odd gingerbread house).

Gingerbread house
A gingerbread house to welcome in the festive season

I hit the trusty herb stash to arm myself in a bid to get rid of something more sinister making its debut on Xmas day.

Herbal Mix of Thyme, Licorice & Echinacea

  • Glycyrrhiza glabra or licorice is known to loosen congestion and it’s anti-inflammatory and demulcent action is soothing to that sore throat of mine.
  • Echinacea angustifolia is best taken when you feel the infection coming on, and can help lessen the severity and duration of the cold by stimulating the immune system and halting the infection.
  • Thymus vulgaris or thyme is indicated for respiratory tract conditions such as a common cold. The essential oil thymol is a known antiseptic and expectorant helping to loosen phlegm in the throat and chest. When it comes to the garden, thyme is a fragrant, tiny plant that is best grown in a sunny spot.


For additional support

In addition to plenty of fluids and rest, I even added some Vitamin C to the protocol. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant to reduce oxidative damage from infection and stimulate the immune system. Although I boosted my dose through a supplemental powder, I also included some Vitamin C-rich foods in my diet too (berries being one of my favourites).

I hope to wake up tomorrow morning feeling a little better and with a smile on my face.

Merry Christmas all!

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