From: chargert.ix.netcom.com (White Fox)
Date: 15 Dec 1995 01:20:06 GMT
Subject: Re: Herbs for Sore ThroaT?
>What herbs are good at soothing a sore throat? I'd preferably like somehing that I could buy as a tea.
Celestial Seasonings makes Herbal Throat Teas in a couple different flavors that are supposed to be very soothing. Peppermint candies are good to use but only offer relief for the durration that you are sucking on them and they have to be the candies that contain actual peppermint oil (like Brachs) not the fake stuff.
But of all the things I've tried I've found only one thing that really works and that's eating pineapple. Yes, eating pineapple. The fresher the better. So buying one from the produce section of the grocery store means you don't have to eat as much to achieve the same effect as you do when you eat it from the can. Of course it's a seasonal product so from the can is sometimes all a person can get, and it still works, it just can get old eating that much (and it really doesn't taste as good as fresh but it's not bad either). I know it may sound a little silly, but I'm allergic to antibiotics and with my strep throat history we were willing to try anything. Surprise, surprise when it worked! It's been nearly 15 years since I heard of this and I've learned to keep some cans in the pantry at all times just in case. The sooner I start eating it the less amount of time I have any discomfort (and the less I have to eat). And after having sore throats that used to last weeks I can tell you it's such a relief to never suffer longer than a day anymore. I usually notice a lessing of the pain, if not a complete cessation, half way through the first can. Give it a try, won't hurt.
From: J. A. Knapp <jknapp.primenet.com>
: But of all the things I've tried I've found only one thing that really works and that's eating pineapple. Yes, eating pineapple.
White Fox, you're a god. :)
My friend and I have had these rotten sore throats for a few days now ... must be going around. Anyway, we just stopped off at the local ABCO (food store) and picked up a single pineapple and brought it up to the cashier (and I think we were looking a little too excited about the whole thing because we received some funny looks). Anyway, we just ravenously devoured half the thing, and by golly, we're CURED.
Also, we're singers, and always looking for non-numbing ways to soothe throats. (Honey, lemon & glycerine *used* to be the favorite...)