Do you wince every time you cough? Does your saliva feel like sandpaper when it goes down your throat? Sore throats can cause a lot of discomfort, sometimes even pain. The problem is that some of your favorite home remedies may only work to disguise this pain and discomfort, not to resolve it. When you have a sore throat, cough drops, warm tea, and honey can all help ease the irritation and inflammation of the throat? But to really get rid of the problem, there are some excellent sore throat remedies that you can use.
How to Treat Sore Throats
Here is a look at some of the best home remedies to treat sore throats:
Salt Water Gargle
When it comes to sore throat remedies, salt water gargle is one that has been used for decades. It works well in calming inflammation by getting rid of the type of acidity that causes throat irritation. Salt helps in drawing out moisture out of any bacteria that may be present in your throat as well as your swollen tissues.
- Dissolve ¼ or ½ a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water.
- Use this solution to gargle.
- Repeat every hour or two throughout the day until you get relief from your sore throat.
Turmeric is known to have many benefits, including preventing brain diseases or cancer. However, these require more research. However, the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of this amazing are well-established and may help in relieving your sore throat. Research has found that its active ingredient, curcumin, is found to be highly beneficial for various health issues, including respiratory disorders.
- Add a small amount of turmeric powder to your salt water gargle or tea.
- Gargle or drink the tea every few hours throughout the day.
- Repeat until the sore throat is gone.
Did you know that marshmallow plant has been used since the middle Ages to treat sore throats and other conditions? The root of this plant contains mucilage, a gelatin-like substance, which helps in coating and lubricating your throat when it is swallowed. According to research, lozenges that contain marshmallow root have been tested in animals and found to be highly effective as well as nontoxic, even at very high doses.
- Fill a 1-liter jar with cold water.
- Place 28 grams (1 ounce) of dried marshmallow root in cheesecloth and tie it up to make a bundle.
- Lower the bundle into the jar of water just until it is completely submerged.
- Place the bundle’s tied end over the lip of the jar and place and screw on the lid.
- Infuse for at least 8 hours – overnight is best – and then remove the bundle.
- Pour the desired amount into a glass and add honey or any sweetener of your choice, if necessary.
- Sip throughout the day to reduce symptoms and get rid of your sore throat.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Is there any condition that apple cider vinegar cannot help with? This natural health tonic has been used for centuries in folk medicine remedies. Acetic acid, its main active ingredient, helps fight bacteria. Its antibacterial properties may help in relieving sore throat when consumed in small amounts with warm water.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of warm water.
- You can add 1 tablespoon of honey if you like.
- Drink this mixture 2 to 3 times a day.
- Continue with the remedy to help relieve painful sore throat.
Native to South Asia and Europe, licorice has been used in traditional medicine to treat a wide range of disorders. Its properties are similar to aspirin, so it may be able to help in reducing sore throat pain. The bad news is that there are no studies on its ability to relieve sore throats caused by illness. However, research on patients who had just undergone major surgery found that licorice reduced throat pain caused by the removal of breathing tubes.
- Mix some ground licorice root with hot water.
- Allow it to steep for about 10 minutes.
- Strain and then drink at regular intervals throughout the day.
- You can also use the licorice tea as a gargle to relieve sore throats.
Like marshmallow root, slippery elm contains a mucus-like substance. It forms a slick gel when it is mixed with water and this gel coats and soothes the throat, giving you relief from the pain and discomfort that comes with a sore throat. While slippery elm is a traditional remedy used to treat sore throat, more research is required. The U.S. National Library of Medicine states that this herb may reduce the absorption of other medication that you take.
- Pour boiling water over powdered slippery elm bark.
- Stir well until the powder is completely dissolved.
- Drink the solution 2 times a day.
- Repeat until you notice an improvement in your condition.
Baking Soda Gargle
Although most people use salt water gargle to treat sore throats, gargling with salt water mixed with baking soda can be extremely effective as well. Using this solution to gargle can kill bacteria and keep fungi and yeast from growing. If regular salt water gargle does not work, try adding some baking soda to make the solution better and more effective.
- Mix 1/8 teaspoon and ¼ teaspoon baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.
- Gargle your mouth with the solution every 3 hours.
- Repeat as needed until you get relief from the pain and discomfort that accompanies a sore throat.
As you can see, sore throats can be treated with a number of natural remedies, and they all actually work! What is great about these remedies that they cure the problem and prevent its recurrence? What is more, they are all-natural and safe, so you do not have to worry about side effects. However, it is advisable to consult your doctor before using herbs to treat sore throat to make sure that it does not interfere with any medication you may be taking.