DIY Sore Throat Gargle With Essential Oils

Someone brought home some nasty bugs and didn’t take special care to use separate cutlery when we were eating. I got bitten by the bugs eventually.  I find that when I am chronically sleep deprived,  it takes a toll on my immunity. I get bitten by flu and cold bugs pretty fast when I lack sleep. I started with a mild sore throat and advanced to a cold with nasal congestion. Darn it!!

The most common cause of a sore throat is a cold or the flu. You often first realize a cold or the flu is coming on when you get that first bit of pain and scratchiness in your throat.

Being an all-natural wellness mommy, I googled for an essential oil recipe for sore throat gargle.  All that’s needed are 3 ingredients, that’s it and in just a day, my sore throat is gone!  I love my Young Living essential oils!

Just a short introduction on Young Living essential oils:

Young Living’s very strict “Seed to Seal” standards regulate the company’s processes and that of its suppliers.  Young Living takes the methods of distilling and producing an essential oil very seriously, which ensures that the essential oils they produce are nothing less than therapeutic grade or functionally active. Also Young Living owns 11 of their own farms around the world where they employ beyond organic practices to ensure quality and consistency.

The quality control measures that Young Living imposes upon itself and its partners go beyond the current organic standard, which is why they are able to deliver 100% pure, unadulterated essential oils with all the natural ingredients and therapeutic properties that occur naturally.

Ok, back to how essential oils can help make a sore throat go away quicker or avoid one all together!

The following essential oils for sore throat pain will kill germs, ease inflammation and speed healing of this annoying and painful malady:

1. Peppermint
Peppermint oil is commonly used for treatment of the common cold, cough, sinus infections, respiratory infections, and inflammation of the mouth and throat, including sore throats.

2. Lemon
Lemon essential oil is known for its ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy and purify skin.

Lemon oil is derived from the skin of the lemon and is excellent for sore throats since it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin C, increases salivation and helps keep the throat moist.

3. Clove / Thieves
Clove essential oil is useful for boosting the immune system, so it is extremely useful at discouraging and relieving a sore throat. The sore throat benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and stimulating properties. Chewing on a clove bud can also help a sore throat (as well as a toothache).

I added 2 drops of Clove and 2 drops of Thieves. If you have no Thieves essential oil, you can use Clove. Thieves essential oil is a blend Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils.

4. Tea tree
According to a 2013 study, tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects against germs. It’s often used as an antiseptic for gum infections and other oral problems.

Baking Soda
According to American Cancer Society, rinsing your mouth regularly with a salt, baking soda, and water solution (1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt mixed in 1 quart water) can help prevent infections and helps your mouth feel better. Gargle with the mixture to relieve a sore throat, but don’t swallow it.

Several studies have found that gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria.

What Is Needed For Sore Throat Gargle
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Boiled filtered water
2 drops each of the following essential oils: Lemon, Peppermint,  Clove / Thieves, Tea Tree

Dilute the sea salt with some warm boiled water.
Add in baking soda and essential oils.
Mix well.
Store in sterilized bottle.

Gargle several times a day for at least a minute each time but DO NOT swallow.

A note of caution: be sure to get your essential oils that are pure and are of therapeutic grade from reputable sources.   Cheap essential oils are adulterated and contain pesticides and herbicides that may cause harm to your body.

Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils. I can get them for you at wholesale price. Just drop me an email at  You can also click here  to sign up as member (signing up online is so easy and fast!) or Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290.


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