By Saturday night, I was desperate for relief. The throat lozenges were gone...salt water gargle wasn't helping. I remebered something from the news the other night about elderberry for flu-like symptoms. I went to Wegmans and found Zand Elderberry Zinc Herbalozenges for under $2 in the Nature's Marketplace section, looked at the ingredients (GOOD--no nasties at all) and bought them.
I also was on the Internet looking for home remedies. I tried eating marshmallows, which was one suggestion. I could hardly swallow them and they ended up doing nothing.
I also found an at-home remedy of lymphatic drainage massage. It was 2am and I was exhausted, but I would have done anything for relief.
I went to one of my favorite health and wellness blogs, Organic Authority, and found a post about relieving a sore throat naturally. Part way down through the post, the guest blogger Steven Horne, a Registered Herbalist, shows readers how to administer lymphatic drainage massage to the throat area. I followed the steps and found relief (and less swelling to my giant glands) within an hour. I literally could feel the built up "yuck" moving away and downward.
You know me. I try to live a green lifestyle, but I still believe in mainstream medicine in addition to complementary medicine. I vaccinate my kids, for example. So sometimes I am skeptical of herbal remedies and "super crunchy" stuff...
The throat massage combined with the elderberry reduced my sore throat by about 75% yesterday and now it is about 90% gone and other than being tired, I am so much better than a couple days ago.
What else helped me? Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup!
Easy peasy and oh so yummy! I make my soup with a Lemon Pepper Rostisserie Chicken from Wegmans.
First, in a stock pot you'll need to melt a bit of butter and olive oil. In this, I saute an onion, diced celery and carrot slices with a bit of garlic. Then I add in chicken and two cartons of Wegmans Chicken Culinary Stock. Add in a bit of salt and the juice of a lemon, along with some basil and thyme and after simmering on low for a couple hours, you'll have delicious soup. A few minutes before you're ready to eat, boil water in a separate pan and throw in some egg noodles that you can later add to the bowls of soup.
Just thought I'd share in case this helps you: elderberry lozenges, lymphatic drainage massage & soup! They have really, really helped me!