Home Remedies to Soothe a Sore Throat
A sore throat is unfortunately a symptom of a number of illnesses. It is often present when you have a cold or the flu. Rarely, sore throat can also be a sign of a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics. But in most cases, a sore throat will go away on its own when the related illness subsides.
But whether your sore throat is one that will go away on its own or one that requires treatment doesn’t make much difference in how unpleasant it is. Pain when talking, eating and drinking can put a damper on your normal activities and make you want to crawl into bed and stay there until it goes away. Try these home remedies to help alleviate sore throat pain.
* Gargle with warm salt water. Put about 1/4 to 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in a half cup of warm water, and gargle with it several times a day. This will provide relief and help keep infection at bay. It will also wash away postnasal drip, which can make a sore throat worse.
* Gargle with apple cider vinegar. This will kill the germs in the throat. You can gargle with ACV first, and then swallow it. ACV is an excellent health tonic to take everyday. Be sure to use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
* Drink tea with lemon and honey. Any kind of tea will do to help soothe the throat, but there are some herbal teas that are especially helpful. These include chamomile and sage. Honey is soothing because it is a humectant, but it’s also antibacterial.
* Eat fresh garlic. Garlic is well known for its ability to fight off infection, so this could eliminate the need for antibiotics.
* Use a humidifier. This will help soothe the swollen air passages and help alleviate hoarseness. This is especially helpful at night when the pain of coughing may prevent you from sleeping.
* Avoid smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. Smoke is an irritant that will make an already sore throat much worse.
* Gargle with grapefruit seed extract. Add about ten drops to a glass of water and gargle with it a few times a day. GSE is highly antifungal and antibacterial.
* Simmer scallions in water for 5 minutes to make a tea. Drink three or four times a day to provide relief.
* Sip slippery elm tea. Slippery elm is soothing to the mucus membranes. It has a pleasant flavor like mild maple syrup so even children will drink it. Slippery elm is a common ingredient in “throat coat” teas.