04
July
2012

Home remedies for a sore throat

Alleviate your sore throat using products you have at home

While having a sore throat is quite common, the resulting scratchiness and irritation can be annoying and downright painful. Sore throats may be caused by either a virus or a bacterial infection. In the case of a sore throat caused by a virus, the best way to soothe irritation is often a simple and easily-to-find home remedy. The following tips may help to ease your discomfort:

Salt water gargles

For immediate relief, nothing beats a salt-water gargle, especially in the case that the irritation is the result of post-nasal drip. Salt acts as an antiseptic, while drawing water out of mucus membranes to aid in the reduction of phlegm. Mix one-half teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water, gargle, and spit out, repeating on an hourly basis or as often as needed. You can also gargle with a solution of baking soda, which has a similar effect to salt: mix one-half teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of warm water and gargle thoroughly before spitting out.

Humidity

Place a vaporizer or a humidifier in your room. The additional moisture will help to keep your throat from becoming dry, thus preventing irritation.

Warm liquids

Drink warm beverages, such as teas, soups, and broths. Warm liquids will help to soothe your throat and ease irritation, while the additional hydration will help to thin fluids and keep your throat moist.

Honey

Honey is one of the oldest and most widely-used home remedies for sore throats. Its antibacterial properties can help to speed healing, and it also acts as a hypertonic osmotic, meaning that it draws water out of inflamed tissue and eases swelling and pain. And it doesn´t hurt that it´s delicious! Mix a few tablespoons of honey with warm water, herbal tea, or lemonade, and enjoy.

Horehound

This can aid in reducing the swelling of irritated, inflamed tissue. It thins fluids (mucus), thus helping to remove them from your throat and easing your symptoms. Steep 2 teaspoons chopped horseradish in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes, strain, and sip slowly.

Echinacea

Echinacea has antibacterial and antiviral properties which speed healing, and it provides an immune-system boost that can help to ward off reoccurring soreness and irritation.

Slippery elm

Slippery elm has mucilage that coats your throat to ease irritation and pain. Steep 1 teaspoon of bark in 2 cups boiling water, allow to cool, and sip slowly.

Garlic

Garlic is said to aid in warding off infection. Dried garlic, or garlic in pill form, has powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

If home remedies do not provide relief after several days, or if any of the following occur, please be sure to consult your physician:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe pain
  • Rash or fever
  • Inability to drink sufficient fluids
  • Signs of dehydration
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