Sore Throat Soother Tea

Sore throat season is upon us. (In full force, if you happen to live at my house.)

Perhaps because my kids are in school this year in some incarnation for the first time (Sage at technical college and Lupine auditing a couple of classes at our local Waldorf high school) we’re passing around bugs like it’s our favorite past time. And most of them involve a sore throat at some point in the journey.

My homemade sore throat tea has been a huge comfort for us during our rest and recovery. When I emailed the recipe out to my LüSa Organics email list this morning, I though you would enjoy it, too.

The process is a breeze, even if you’re new to herbalism. If you can simmer water or steep tea, you’ve got this. The tea is made in two steps: first a decoction (simmered tea), then more herbs are added and infused (steeped).

I hope it brings your family comfort in the coming days.

Homemade Sore Throat Soother Tea 

1 teaspoon wild cherry bark

1 teaspoon dried fennel seed

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon chips

1/2 teaspoon licorice root

 1 teaspoon fresh orange peel (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)

1 teaspoon wild bee balm (or thyme)

1/2 teaspoon sage


  1. Combine cherry bark, fennel, cinnamon, and licorice in a small saucepan
  2. Add 2 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Remove from heat, add remaining ingredients, and steep covered for 5 minutes
  4. Sweeten with honey and serve warm

Makes 2 servings.

Psst… For those who follow along on Facebook and Instagram, yes, I’m still working on a series of 3 posts to share with the protocol we used during COVID, but it’s taking a bit. Thanks for your patience.

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