I use raw honey in these, but you can substitute vegetable glycerine if you’d like to make a vegan product. (You can buy it HERE.) Also, remember that honey should not be given to children under a year old.
I base my throat sprays on a recipe found in Rosemary Gladstar’s book: Medicinal Herbs, A Beginner’s Guide. (This is a fantastic book for those looking to build your personal library! It has lots of beautiful photographs and easy to follow recipes.)
The recipe revolves around using tinctures (also called plant extracts), but if you prefer to avoid alcohol completely, you can substitute a strong herbal tea instead. I’ll give more details on that below, along with a list of herbs to consider using when designing your spray.
DIY Herbal Honey Throat Spray Recipe
(Click HERE for a printable recipe.)
- 2 tablespoons total of herbal tincture(s) or tea – see list below
- 2 tablespoon raw honey (or vegetable glycerine)
- 1 tablespoon warm water
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (or 1 drop peppermint essential oil)
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into a 2 ounce glass spray bottle. I buy mine at SpecialtyBottle.com.
Spray into your mouth, directed towards your throat, as needed. When made with tinctures, this throat spray will last for months, stored in your refrigerator.
If you don’t want to use alcohol based tinctures, you can make this recipe with a strong herbal tea instead. Just be sure to keep the resulting spray in your refrigerator and be aware that the shelf life will be reduced to a mere number of days.
To make a strong herbal tea: put 1 or 2 tablespoons of dried herbs, or twice as much fresh, in a heat proof jar and pour a cup of simmering hot water over them. Let this steep for at least an hour, or more. The longer it steeps, the stronger the tea will be. Strain and use in the recipe above. Extra tea can be frozen in ice cube trays for later use.
Herbs to Consider Using in Your Throat Spray Recipe
Be sure to research each herb before use to ensure that it’s not contraindicated for your personal health situation. A persistent or severe sore throat can be a symptom of serious illness and may need evaluation and/or treatment by a health care professional.
Tinctures (herbal extracts) can be found in your local health store, online (I like Herb Pharm brand), or you can make your own by following the directions HERE, using the herb(s) of your choice.
- Spilanthes – My favorite addition! It adds a tingly numbness that is exceptionally helpful when dealing with a raw feeling throat. It’s anti-microbial in nature and helps when your stomach is upset. You can buy a quality tincture HERE or make your own. (Spilanthes is easy to grow!)
- Echinacea – is another one good to help with throat pain. It also helps boost your immune system. You can buy a tincture HERE or check your local health store.
- Violet – one of my favorite all around plants. Soothes inflammation and heals. I also used this in a spray I made to help my husband when he quit tobacco, since it’s purported to fight oral cancers. Make your own tincture from violets growing in your yard or buy Herb Pharm’s brand HERE.
- Rose petals – are cooling and astringent. Make your own tincture easily by covering fresh or high quality dried rose petals with vodka for four to six weeks.
- Marshmallow Root – excellent at coating and soothing inflamed throats
- Thyme – good for bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. (Buy HERE.)
- Elderberry – The classic antiviral, very effective against influenza. (You can buy HERE or check your local health store.)
- Schisandra – My favorite adaptogen, it helps the body cope with stresses & illness. (Buy HERE or make your own with dried berries, soaked overnight.)
- Astragalus – My other favorite adaptogen! It gives a subtle boost of energy and increases the ability to fight off colds. (You can get Herb Pharm’s high quality version HERE.)
- Lemon Balm – is antiviral, calming, soothes nervous stomach and powerful against cold sores. It’s easy to make your own if you grow lemon balm in your garden, but you can also buy the extract/tincture HERE.
- Ginger – is antibacterial, helps upset stomach, nausea and chills. It’s super easy to make a tincture using ginger root bought from your grocery store or you can buy some HERE.
These are just a few ideas; there are many more options to mix and match. Invest in a reference book such as Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech. It lists many plants, their uses and contraindications, and will give you direction on other herbs to try out. Hands down, it’s the most oft-used book in my personal library!
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