Home Remedies for Sore Throat

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Sore throat is one of the most common illnesses to acquire. We can get it just by eating sweet treats, drinking or eating cold beverages or sometimes it’s an underlying symptom. There are many home remedies to try help soothe our sore throats. Before seeking help from various antibiotics or pain relievers try some of these remedies first, not just affordable but it is also accessible.

Here are some of the natural ways to help relieve sore throat and pain. Some of the ingredients needed here are just in the palm of your hands. We can all see it in our homes, particularly in our kitchen. Cooking ingredients are not just for cooking, but for relieving sore throats as well.

Sore throat feels painful whenever you swallow. It feels like something is blocking your throat and when you try to look at your throat in the mirror it appears red. Sore throat actually lasts for more than a week when left  untreated. We’d want you to get better so we will give you some tips on how to cure it.

Well before trying all of these remedies I suggest that you abstain from anything that will trigger or worsen your sore throat. And also, if children under the age of 1 year is suffering from sore throat, honey shouldn’t be given on its own.

  • Gargle With Warm Salt Water

This one is an ancient remedy used by our ancestors beforehand. This was told that it would help us disinfect our throats.

The reason why sore throat hurts because the mucous membrane is inflamed. And by gargling with warm salt water the swelling decreases and helping reduce the pain as well. Salt attracts water therefore excreting the water at the inflamed site, thus reducing the swelling and pain.

You will need a:

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • ½ Teaspoon of table salt

Directions:

Heat water until it’s warm, but not hot. Thoroughly mix in salt. Gargle until warm. Repeat 3 times throughout the day as needed. Do not exceed more than required, since it will dry out healthy membranes.

  • Steamy Treatment

There are many ways to use steam, as to help decongest so helping us breathe easier and also helps reduce swelling when inhaled. Steam treatment can be easily got at the convenience of our home, so you don’t have to worry to go to any steam baths or sauna rooms.

You will need a:

  • Eucalyptus oil (optional)
  • 1 medium to large bowl
  • Hot water to fill your bowl about halfway
  • 1 towel

Directions:

Put the hot water in the bowl. You can pour in a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to add some soothing effect on the steam. Lean over the bowl and inhale the steam the ascending steam from the bowl. Then, make a tent over your head using the towel to not let the steam go all the way out.

  • Sucking on Garlic

It does sound disgusting because of the after effect it will cause, just like foul singe breath it will leave. But Garlic has a natural content that can help kill bacteria. It’s minty or spicy taste will help reduce he swelling and pain.

You will need a:

  • 1 fresh clove of garlic

Directions: Place each half of garlic in both cheeks and suck on it. You need to get the juice out for it is the one that will help decrease the swelling. Just do it once daily.

  • Relaxing Chamomile Tea

Herbal treatment is the best because it is very natural. One of which is the chamomile tea, it has a relaxing effect and relieves pain. And it has a content that help kill bacteria and also has a muscle relaxant effect.

You will need a:

  • 1 tea bag of chamomile
  • 1 cup lemon
  • ½ Teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup of hot water

Directions: Pour hot water in the cup, then add the tea bag. Cover the cup and let it steep for 5-1 minutes. May add honey or lemon depending on your personal taste. Stir. Enjoy.

  • Healthy Ginger Tea

We all know that Ginger is very useful not just in cooking, but as an herbal treatment as well. Ginger is known to have a spicy taste, but it’s all worth it, for these herbs have many helpful contents like anti-inflammatory effect, anti bacterial and expectorant. It also helps boost circulation. Its aromatic smell helps open up our sinuses providing us to breathe easier. This herb helps colds as well, for sore throat and colds go hand in hand.

You will need a:

  • 2-3 cups of water
  • Fresh ginger root, chopped into small pieces
  • Honey

Directions:

First of wash the ginger root thoroughly. Afterwards peel the root, then slice it into small pieces. Boil water then add in the sliced ginger. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Use strainer to strain the small pieces of ginger. Pour some tea in the cup and you add in some honey, depending on your preferred taste.

  • Proper Rest & Fluids

Well, this one is very important, because some of us are actually not taking some rest enough to help us regain our strength. So here it is, all you just need to do is lie or sit comfortably in your house and drink plenty of fluids.

You will need a:

  • Relaxing environment
  • Comfortable chair or bed

Fluids – may include water, tea, juice, as long as it is not that cold. Caffeine and alcohol are not advisable.

Directions:

Just make yourself comfortable and drink plenty of fluids as possible. You can do some reading or watching, as what makes you more relaxed.

Try out these home remedies the next time you experience a sore throat.

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