Sore throat can make you very uncomfortable. The main symptom of sore throat is irritation and pain in the throat; you especially feel the pain when you swallow. Sore throat is a part of body’s immune response to many bacteria and some viruses. The body natural immune response results to inflammation and swelling of mucous membrane in the throat.
Fortunately, we have many natural remedies that may give relief, including many that are supported by scientific evidence.
The following are the 10 natural sore throat remedies;
1. Marshmallow Root
Since the middle ages, marshmallow plant root has been used to treat sore throat and many other conditions. Its root has a gelatin-like substance known as mucilage; this mucilage coats and also lubricates your throat when you swallow it.
The lozenges containing marshmallow root have been tested in animals and it is found to be toxic and effective, even at very high doses.
This recipe is for a cold marshmallow root infusion to soothe your painful throat:
The Marshmallow Root Infusion
• 1 ounce (28gramms) of dried marshmallow root.
• Cold water.
1. Fill 0ne liter jar with cold water.
2. Put the marshmallow root in the cheesecloth and tie it up in a bundle.
3. Immerse the bundle into the water until it is completely submerged in the water.
4. Leave the tied up of the bundle over the jar lip, put the lid on the jar and then screw on the lid.
5. Infuse it overnight, or for eight hours at least and then remove the bundle.
6. After that, you can pour your desired amount into a glass. If you desire, you can add sweetener.
When it is ready, you can drink on it throughout the day so that it can help you to reduce the symptom.
2. Echinacea and Sage
Even though Sage is popularly known as an herb for cooking, it also possesses many medicinal uses. Sage which is originated in Mediterranean is now grown throughout the world. Sage is used in treating many inflammatory conditions and studies have shown it can relieve throat pain.
Echinacea is another widely known herb used in traditional medicine. It has been proven to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria. You can follow this recipe and make your own sage-Echinacea throath spray at home.
The Sage-Echinacea Throat Spray
• 1 teaspoon ground Echinacea
• 1 teaspoon ground Sage
• Half cup water
1. Boil the water
2. Put Echinacea and sage in a small jar and fill with boiling water.
3. Leave it for 30 minutes
4. Pour the mixture through strainer and combine with half cup hard liquor (if you prefer to avoid alcohol, you can skip the liquor).
5. Place it in small spray bottle and then spray into throat every 2 hours or as needed.
3. Salt Water Gargle
Gargling with salt is a popular natural remedy to get rid of any sore throat. The salt helps in reducing swelling by pulling out water from your throat tissue. It may also help you get rid of unwanted microbes in your throat.
Just combine one cup of warm water with one teaspoon of salt and then stir to dissolve. Gargle with the mouthful of the mixture for 30seconds, once per hour.
Honey is a very delicious sweetener that can be used in combination with some other natural ingredients to soothe sore throat. Aside from providing pain relief and helping fight infection, honey can also make remedies taste better.
Honey can be especially effective when you combine it with herbs or apple cider vinegar and warm water. However, you should not give it to children under one year because their guts haven’t acquired healthy bacteria that can fight germs like botulism spores that you can sometimes found in honey.
In addition, if you are following a low-carb diet or want to avoid sugar, other remedies may be your best choice, because a tablespoon of honey contains 17 grams of carb.
5. Licorice Root
Licorice is a plant native to South Asia and Europe and it has been used to treat many disorders in traditional medicine. Licorice has properties that are similar to aspirin which may help reduce the sore throat pain.
But there is no any research on licorice ability to relieve sore throat. However, studies on individuals that had undergone major surgery found that licorice significantly reduced the throat pain due to the breathing tube removal.
You can buy licorice tea at natural grocery stores or you can buy from online retailers.
You can also make your own tea to drink or gargle. Combine hot water with ground licorice, allow it steep for up to five minutes and then sprain it prior to drinking.
6. Lemon Water
Lemon water may help you reduce your throat pain that occur during the flu or a cold. Lemon contains antioxidants and vitamin C. It can also help you increase the amount of saliva you produce so that it can help keep your mucus membranes moist.
Combine lemon with hot water and a bit of salt water or honey to maximize its benefits.
7. Ginger Root Tea
Ginger is a spice that has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects that may help you relieve throat pain. You can get ginger tea from markets and online retailers. Here is how you can make your own fresh ginger tea;
• 1 liter water
• Fresh ginger root
• A squeeze of lemon juice.
• 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of honey or sweetener of your choice.
1. Peel the ginger root and grate it into a small bowl
2. Boil water in a large saucepan and then remove from heat
3. Allow it steep for 10 minutes
4. Add lemon juice and sweetener, then stir to mix very well
You can reheat the tea as you need or serve it cold.
8. Coconut oil
Coconut oil has several health benefits because it is a versatile food. Studies have shown that it may help reduce inflammation, fight infection and relieve pain.
Coconut oil can help lubricate the mucous membrane in your throat because it is very soothing.
Try the following;
• Add a spoonful of coconut oil to hot cocoa or hot tea.
• Add a spoonful to your soup
• Put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and allow it to melt down your throat.
The best thing to do is limiting the coconut oil to about 2 tablespoons per day because it can have a laxative effect when taken at higher dosage.
9. Plenty of Fluid
The last thing you want to do when your throat hurts is drink a lot of fluid. It is very important to keep your throat mucous membrane hydrated so they can heal. It may be uncomfortable to swallow things, but drinking water of other fluids will make your throat feel better.
You can drink herbal infusion, water, tea or other beverages at any temperature comfortable for you.
10. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is a popular natural cold and sore throat remedy. It is also a great food that helps you get more fluids when you are sick. You may like to use garlic in your chicken soup because garlic has bioactive compounds that can provide some benefits when you are sick.
You can purchase and store can chicken food ahead of time until you need it. You can also prepare your tasty home-made chicken soup.
The Main Lesson
No matter how healthy you are today, it is possible for you to have a sore throat occasionally. But, fortunately for you, there are many ways you can get rid of sore throat.
However, make sure you visit your doctor if your sore throat is extremely painful or it lasts for more the a few days.
Persistent or severe pain may mean strep throat, tonsillitis or other serious infection requiring medical treatment.