Herbal tea to relieve dry throat

Herbs in jarsBest herbs to soothe your throat

There are many herbs to relieve a dry throat.

This list of three favorite herbs to ease a dry throat is a place for beginners to begin. I have used each of these herbs at different times.

  1. Slippery Elm – (Ulmaus fulva) – slippery elm tea is made from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree.
  2. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – this is a fairly sweet tasting herb on its own. Licorice tea is made from the dried roots of the plant. In practice, I make my licorice tea from Traditional Medicinal tea bags.
  3. Ginger(Zingiber officinale) – in practice, I boil 2-3 small slices of fresh ginger in 2-3 cups of water for about 5 minutes, then put the resulting liquid into my cup.  Add a little honey to taste.  The combination of ginger and honey is very soothing to the throat.

jugglingNot all herbal teas are equal

Herbs are potent remedies when prepared and stored correctly.
First and foremost, the herbs must be free of any herbicides, pesticides, growth boosters, genetic modification, and other chemicals or modifications used for whatever reason humans come up with!

Organic matters

Local herbalists are often the best source for fresh, organic, and properly prepared herbs.
Ask around, meet your local herbalist. Confirm that they are using organic herbs. If possible, get your herbs from them.  If that is not possible, go to plan B – buy the best quality herbs available in a store.

I always look for Traditional Medicinals organic teas. I’ve been drinking their teas for years. They are easy to find and they work. Nothing could be simpler than making a hot cup of tea from a pre-made tea bag.

When I need a natural dry throat remedy, I make a cup of “Throat Coat” tea.  Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea combines licorice, slippery elm, and a few other herbs. If I am out of “Throat Coat”, I hope that I have a hunk of ginger that I can prepare!
In theory, I’d like to think that I would be mixing up all of my own herbs and creating healing teas. I’m working on that dream! In the meantime, I boil water and make herbal medicine using a tea bag.
Get Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea online.

How to get the most benefit from herbal tea bags:

For many herbs, the healing components are in the steam that rises off of the hot water.
To get the healing benefits of herbal teas you have to cover the pot or cup! Trap the steam, give it time to cool off and drop back into your tea.
5 Steps for healing tea:

  1. Boil the water
  2. Put the tea bag into your cup
  3. Pour the boiling water into your cup
  4. Cover the cup with a little plate for at least 5 minutes (don’t peek)
  5. When I really need the medicinal benefits, I leave the tag bag in, take a sip, and cover the cup again. I keep that lid on between sips in order to get the most out of my herbal tea.

A quick video showing you how to make a medicinal cup of herbal tea:

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Edna Igben on January 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Thank so much for inspiring us on how to get the utmost benefits from Tea.

    • Cindy Black on January 25, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Dear Edna,
      You are most welcome – enjoy your tea!
      – Cindy

  2. Ulla Meyerhof on January 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Aloha and thank you for sharing dear Cindy.
    a variation of the Ginger Tea is to add dried Chamomile Flowers to the hot tea and let sit until the flowers sink to the bottom of the pot. Then strain and put the solid stuff in a blender and mix afterwards with raw Honey. That makes a wonderful cough remedy that lasts when stored in a closed container in the fridge. Take 3-4 teasppons a day.

    • Cindy Black on January 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Ulla,
      Thank you so much! I have not heard of this remedy – I will be trying it for sure.

  3. Deb B. on January 25, 2018 at 11:16 am

    What is the name of the pot you are using to heat your water? I’ve been looking for a glass one.

    • Cindy Black on January 25, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Deb –
      So funny – we looked for a long time too – here is the link http://amzn.to/2Eb3o4E

  4. Abimbola Awosiyan on January 13, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Thank you, I didn’t know about keeping the lid on! Love you Cindy!

  5. yvonne on January 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Thank You Cindy, I needed thus reminder– with the weather changes and having a job where I am in and out of it constantly all day it is a challenge to remain in good health,,,free from minor irritant sore throats…sniffles ,,coughs– you know..
    So Thank You for this article right now.

    • Cindy Black on January 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Yvonne,
      You are welcome – happy to be a reminder 🙂

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  7. Diana on January 12, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I did not know that about the steam. Thank you, Cindy!
    Woke up with a questionable dry slightly sore throat. Gonna go make some Throat Coat now!

    • Cindy Black on January 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Yay! Keep the lid on 🙂

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