Clinical Corner: Sore Throat
- November 6, 2023
- Posted by: Plant Prana Calendar
- Category: Protocols
Sore Throat Support with Essential Oils
A sore throat, known as pharyngitis, is typically characterized by pain, irritation, or scratchiness in the throat. It may also be accompanied by symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, and swollen glands.
Sore throats can be caused by various factors, including viral infections (such as the common cold or flu), bacterial infections (like strep throat), teeth and gum issues, environmental factors (e.g., dry air, smoke, or pollutants), allergies, issues with the sternocleidomastoid, or overuse of the vocal cords.
Sore throats often occur when the mucous membranes in the throat become inflamed due to irritation, trigger points, or infection. This inflammation can lead to discomfort and pain. Viral infections are the most common cause and tend to resolve on their own within a few days, while bacterial infections may require antibiotic treatment.
Common symptoms of a sore throat include a scratchy or dry throat, pain or discomfort when swallowing, swollen tonsils, redness or irritation in the throat, and in some cases, fever.
Treatment for a sore throat depends on its cause. Rest, hydration, and the use of the following essential oils:
This essential oil is antiviral with a wide range of antibacterial properties. One of the best essential oils for streptococcus, staphylococcus, and congested tonsils. Bay Laurel is an excellent decongestant for impacts lymph nodes and tones the lymphatic system.
Application- 1-3 drops in water as a gargle, also apply several drops to the soles of the feet.
Powerful antiviral activity and excels treating sore throats associated with gum and teeth issues.
Application- 1-2 drops taken internally in water or juice
Reduces tension in the sternocleidomastoid which reduces pain when swallowing and tension in the bronchioles.
Application- sustained inhalation for 3-15 breathing cycles
Long considered a magic bullet for any immune related conditions due to stimulating effect on the immune and lymphatic systems. Gently strengthening, fortifying, and toning.
Application- 1-3 drops internally in water
It’s important to consult a healthcare professional if you have a persistent or severe sore throat, especially if it is accompanied by other concerning symptoms.