I woke up in the middle of the night with a sore throat, then the ears joined in too. I lay there optimistically wondering if it would miraculously clear up all by itself. It didn’t so in the early hours of the morning I padded downstairs to seek out some easy, instant remedies that would provide some relief.
We were totally out of Echinacea...
I considered a soluble aspirin or paracetamol but then figured that I probably had a pretty empty stomach...
So I reached for the salt. I dissolved one teaspoon in about an inch of warm water, gargled, swilled & to my relief the edge had been taken off the pain.
Then I considered my ears. We have a bit of a current oil shortage here at the moment, the only options were chilli oil or Mr TH’s very expensive mega virgin olive oil picked on the fourth Friday of a month with a ‘z’ in it or something. Then I remembered lavender oil which I use for almost everything: burns, spots, rashes, stings, insect bites, headaches, insomnia, etc... I put 1 drop of Lavender oil on a bit of cotton wool & popped it in my ear.
I figure that both remedies were pretty good as I nodded off again pretty quickly.
Today, I still have a sore throat so I’ve been saltwater gargling alternating with Manuka honey eating.
If I still have the sore throat tomorrow I have threatened to try a James Wong recipe that involves drinking the strained juice of a blitzed mixture of a raw onion, ½ chilli, juice of 2 lemons & 1 teaspoon of salt.
Any other instant remedies that might not be quite so anti-social would be much appreciated!