9 Home Remedies for Sore Throats

When you have difficulties swallowing and you a burning or itchy throat sometimes its the first and most noticeable symptom of a cold or a flu. It can be caused by other factors like speaking excessively or in loud or high tone or mouth-breathing by the mouth. In most cases a cough and sore throat is not an acute symptom and can be solved with things you have in your kitchen or backyard without buying expensive cold medicines. The most common cause of cough and sore throat is the common cold and viral infections. These viruses produce inflammation that irritates the upper respiratory pathways, creating mucus and phlegm.

bacterial vs viral sore throat

There are more serious causes that can produce a cough such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, or lung cancer. If you are suffering from a dry cough for weeks or months you should see your doctor.

Home Remedies:

Lemon- One of the most effective and well-known remedies to soothe the throat and alleviate pain is to use lemon. Boil a lemon with the peel on, add a spoonful of thyme in about two glasses of water. After its boiled extract the juice, the perfect sweetener and sore throat remedy is honey. This is like a hot lemonade, boiling the lemon skin will add extra vitamin C.

Dates- Have anti-inflammatory properties. Prepare an infusion with 4 dates cut up in water, then gargle with it.

9 Home Remedies for Sore Throats

Salvia- Used as an antiseptic for breathing pathways. Place a spoonful of dry salvia in boiling water for 10 minutes, wait until cool and gargle with it.

Honey- This natural well-known remedy has anti-bacterial properties, it will help in purifying and alleviating your sore throat. At least 2-3 teaspoons per day should be taken. You can use it for sweetening beverages if you like.

Apple cider vinegar and water- Mix two teaspoons of vinegar in a glass of water and gargle for a minute, do not swallow! Repeat two times every 3-5 hours.

Chamomile- You can make tea using tea bags or the plant itself, you can mix with salvia for better results, then gargle when water is cool enough.

Eucalyptus- Eucalyptus oil is used for congestion and flu, its effective for sore throats and throat inflammation. Indeed, several commercial and medicated cold syrups contain eucalyptus extracts. Herbalists recommend cutting off fresh leaves of this tree and make a gargle solution or a tea with honey and lemon.

Peppermint tea- Collect some leaves of peppermint and prepare an infusion with honey and leaves, boil and let cool. Menthol has antibacterial and astringent properties that will cause a refreshing effect in your throat preventing infection.

General recommendations- Avoid cold drinks, enjoy teas such as the above mentioned, maintain a warm temperature around your throat and neck using sweaters and if possible a scarf.

9 Home Remedies for Sore Throats

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By Stephanie Dawson

   

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