During the winter days, you could be hit with all manner of illnesses. A common symptom of a cold or even the flu is a sore throat. This is no fun at all because it hurts even if you don’t swallow, and eating anything while you’re unwell becomes a challenge. Bacteria, viruses, smoking, dry heat or an allergic reaction can cause a sore throat. Thankfully, if you are looking for an efficient sore throat remedy, there are several natural solutions that will have you feeling better in no time.
Just follow the advice below whenever you experience the symptoms of a sore throat. Quick relief is on its way and the best part is that there are no chemicals involved. You don’t need to suffer more than you already are by being sick. Take care of your throat using these homemade remedies.
Simple Solutions For Quick Throat Pain Relief
One of the simplest and quickest ways to deal with a sore throat is the common saltwater gargle. The salt ends up working like an antiseptic and it draws out phlegm. Just put half a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and gargle up to 4 times a day. It is very efficient for symptomatic relief, a natural and affordable remedy.
If you dislike the taste, try improving it by adding some honey, fresh peppermint or lemon/orange juice. You can also gargle with baking soda. In that case, use one-half of a teaspoon of baking soda in the warm water instead of salt.
Another thing you can do is to run a humidifier in your room. Keeping the air moist makes sure your throat doesn’t get too dry, as dryness encourages a sore throat. Try breathing through your nose, which acts as a natural humidifier and also a line of defense against germs, fungus, and spores.
Since smoking can cause sore throats, you should try quitting if you have persistent symptoms. Always clear the air of your bedroom before going to sleep, to avoid additional irritation of your already affected throat.
If you are experiencing frequent sore throat, consider changing your toothbrush. Bacteria can remain on the brush and reenter your system that way.
One way to prevent this annoying seasonal illness is to be proactive in protecting yourself from it rather than just reacting when you are affected. Supplement your diet with vitamin C and E, as well as astragalus, zinc, goldenseal, and magnesium. Echinacea will also help speed up your healing. Zinc lozenges also have shown that they help you get rid of these symptoms quicker. They do however compromise the immune system so you shouldn’t take them for too long.
Try eating ginger, reishi mushrooms, shitake mushrooms, and plenty of garlic, they all have active ingredients helpful in keeping colds and flues away from you.
A Sore Throat Remedy For Each Taste
Honey is an amazing natural remedy because of its antibacterial qualities. Taken on its own or mixed in tea, it draws water from membranes, making your whole throat feel less swollen, it reduces inflammation and kills bacteria. Try combining half a lemon with hot water and honey for a soothing drink.
Horehound tea is another great sore throat remedy because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Just combine two teaspoons of the herb with hot water for ten minutes. Slippery Elm will actually coat the throat and ease the pain if you steep a teaspoon of it in two cups hot water. Here’s a horehound lozenge recipe for a sore throat, easy to prepare and very efficient:
- 1 cup dried horehound leaves and 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup raw honey
- Boil the horehound leaves in water, covered, for 25 minutes.
- Let it cool and then strain it.
- Add the honey to the resulted liquid and bring the mixture to a boil then simmer it for about 10 minutes.
- Pour the liquid onto a cookie tray (greased with olive/coconut oil or butter).
- Let the syrup cool and then roll (quickly) small balls into the palms of your hand.
- Store in a cool place and use it as a sore throat remedy.
Essential Oils Remedies For a Sore Throat
Essential oils are also a great homemade remedy. Containing medicinal properties, some oils may help you get better sooner.
Peppermint oil has been shown to have antimicrobial efficacy, doing wonders as a natural antiseptic. Add it in a vaporizer, to an inhaler or to a cup of tea. For topical use, blend 5-10 drops with a carrier oil and rub the skin of the throat.
The menthol will calm the inflammation, soothe the throat and act as a decongestant. Moreover, it will clear the mucus, being one of the best essential oils for cold and the flu.
You may also use Lemon oil, bursting in vitamin C and keeping your throat moisturized, by increasing the amount of saliva. When using essential oils, always make sure they are CPTG tested and read carefully all the instructions.
These are just a few things you can do to speed up healing and fix your sore throat. More posts on this topic will follow. There are more natural remedies that can help heal common colds and their adjacent conditions.