One of the more common ailments people all over the world are afflicted with is a sore throat. A sore throat is caused by bacteria or a virus and is often shared with a fever, nasal congestion and other cold symptoms. Sore throats are made worse by allergies, dry heat and smoking. In most cases, a sore throat will not require a visit to the doctor and a simple over the counter dry cough syrup would work. Below are five ways you can naturally soothe your sore throat.
Saltwater Gargle – One of the fastest ways to relieve a sore throat is by gargling with salt water. Salt takes the water out of the mucous membranes in the throat and clears up the phlegm. The salt also acts as an antiseptic. When you dissolve some salt in warm water and gargle, you will begin to feel relief. Do this about four times a day. Adults can use sore throat lozenges in between gargling. This will help lubricate the throat and increase the production of saliva.
Drinking Plenty of Fluids – Whenever you feel a sore throat coming on, drink lots of fluids. Some people like the cold fluids including sucking on popsicles and ice cubes, and others prefer drinking warm drinks such as tea or warm water. Whether you choose to drink hot or cold fluids, the key is to keep the throat irrigated by drinking anything that helps soothe it.
Secrets in the Kitchen Cabinet – There are plenty of things you can grab out of your kitchen cabinet to help soothe a sore throat. Some people recommend adding some apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and honey to a cup of hot water. Drinking one cup of this four times a day helps relieve the soreness. The honey has antibacterial properties and has been a product used to help sore throats for years. Honey helps reduce the swelling in the throat by drawing out water from the inflamed tissue in the throat. Add a few teaspoons of honey to hot herbal tea or water, or try making some hot lemonade with honey.
Food Items – There are other common food items that help relieve a sore throat. Drinking orange juice or other citrus beverages will help. The vitamin C in the juice boosts the immune system and fights off infections. Dried garlic has been helpful relieving sore throats. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties as well. You can always add garlic to your food when you have a sore throat. Sold in a capsule form, slippery elm works great for sore throats. Oftentimes, you can find the slippery elm ingredient in herbal teas.
Licorice and Marshmallow Root – Licorice root is commonly found in herbal teas, and it has been used for remedying sore throats for a long time. Licorice root has anti-inflammatory properties and has often been used to treat viral infections, stomach ulcers and canker sores. Licorice root should not be taken in large amounts as it can raise blood pressure. Marshmallow root is also used for relieving sore throats. Adding some dried marshmallow root to boiling water will help relieve throat soreness.
Sore throats usually last a few days. If the condition worsens, you should see your doctor. If you have trouble swallowing or blood in the saliva, you should see your doctor as well.
Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, bake and write blogs for other stay at home mums or just anyone who is interested in arts and crafts ideas.