Home Remedies for a Sore Throat
With the winter months looming, you’re very likely to have a sore throat at some point. Try some home remedies to soothe your symptoms.
Sore throats are incredibly common but are rarely serious. They normally get better by themselves within a week, however, there are plenty of natural remedies that you can use, which will help to relieve the symptoms and speed up the healing process. Before you reach for pain killers, try some home remedies to sooth your sore throat.
Note that there are times when it might be necessary to call your doctor, typically if, your sore throat has not improved after a week, you are getting them often, you are at all worried about it, your sore throat is accompanied by a very high temperature, you feel hot and shivery, or you have a weakened immune system, because of diabetes or chemotherapy for example.
If you sore throat is causing difficulties breathing then you should visit hospital or call an ambulance in extreme cases.
There are a number of different things that you can do to help soothe your sore throat, and we have just some of the best home remedies for you.
This has long been used as a natural remedy to treat a sore throat, and this is because its root actually contains a gelatine like substance, which will act like a lubricant for your throat when you swallow it, which will help soothe any pain.
You can easily make a cold marshmallow root infusion, which will help to soothe any pain that you might be experiencing. Simply fill a jug with one litre of cold water, before placing the marshmallow root in a cheesecloth and tying it up in a bundle. Lower this into the water until it is completely submerged and place the lid of the jug. Leave this for at least eight hours, preferably overnight, before removing the bundle. Pour into a glass and sip on it throughout the day to help to relieve your symptoms.
Salt water gargle:
Gargling with salt water is perhaps one of the best things that you can do when you have a sore throat. It is such an effective remedy, and so easy to do at home.
The salt will help to reduce any swelling by helping to pull the water out of the throat tissue, as well as helping to kill unwanted microbes in your throat. To make a salt water rinse, simply combine one cup of warm water with one teaspoon of salt and stir until it has completely dissolved. Gargle with the mixture for thirty seconds and repeat every hour.
Honey is a great option to soothe a sore throat. It is also really great at naturally fighting any infection that might be present. When it is combined with warm water, and apple cider vinegar it is really effective.
It should be noted though that honey is not suitable for everyone. It should not be given to children under the age of one, as it can be very dangerous, and it is not suitable for people who are on a low carb diet, as it is high in natural sugars. Each tablespoon contains approximately 17 grams of carbohydrates.
This will not only help to keep your fluid levels up, but the lemon is packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants, which will help to increase the amount of saliva that you produce, which will soothe the throat, and help to keep your mucous membranes moist.
You can maximise the benefits of this by mixing your lemon water with some honey.
Coconut oil is well known for having a lot of health benefits. Research has suggested that it can help to fight infection, reduce any inflammation and help to relieve pain. On top of this, it can actually be very soothing, as it helps to lubricate the mucous membranes in the throat.
There are many ways that you can add coconut oil to your diet, simply try adding a spoonful to hot tea or cocoa, add a spoonful to your soup, or simply put a spoonful in your mouth and allow it to then melt down your throat. You should try and limit your intake to two tablespoons each day, as it can have a laxative effect in higher doses.
Up your fluid intake:
When you have a sore throat, it is so important to up your fluids. It is so easy to become dehydrated, especially if it is painful to swallow, but you are actually making it worse in the long run. However, ensuring that you are drinking plenty will ensure that your throats mucous membranes stay moisturised and hydrated, which in turn will help your throat to heal quicker.
Although hot drinks are best to be avoided, any liquid is great, tea, herbal infusions, water or other beverages.
It might seem like a cliché, but chicken soup is a really well known cold and sore throat remedy. Not only that, but it is a comfort food that has the benefit of upping your fluid intake when you are feeling under the weather.
The great thing is as well, is that you can get a lot of vitamins and minerals in it, because you can add a lot of vegetables. Garlic is a really great addition, as it is so good for your immune system, and provide you will a number of health benefits when you are sick.