Few people actually seek out their doctor for aid to heal a sore throat but many of us often experience this signal that our immune systems is being strained. Sore throats are most common during early schooling years and are predominantly a concern during the fall and winter months. There are a variety of causes of a sore throat, many of which you can prevent. Sore throats unrelated to infection generally arise from inflammation from:
Indoor and outdoor air pollution
Temperature and humidity conditions
Exposure to Mold
Infectious sore throats however are more common. In fact, the rhinovirus and adenovirus account for up to 40% of sore throat cases alone. Although bacteria, fungi and parasites may attribute to a sore throat infection, they are less likely or at least documented less frequently to be the originating cause. Here are some of the symptoms associated with infectious sore throats.
Here are the top home remedies for sore throat:
Salt and water
Try grandma’s sore throat remedy by mixing 1⁄4 teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water. (Use the hottest water you can comfortably tolerate. Cold gargles are ineffective.) If you have it, add 1 tablespoon of Listerine for germ-killing power. The briny solution helps rinse away and neutralize acids in the throat, relieving the burning sensation and promoting fast healing of irritated mucous membranes.
Soothing drinks for sore throats
Honey has long been used as a sore-throat remedy. It has antibacterial properties and also acts as a hypertonic osmotic, which means that it draws water out of inflamed tissue. This reduces swelling and discomfort. Add 2–3 teaspoons to a cup of hot water or herbal tea.
Hot lemon with honey can also relieve pain. Combine the juice of half a lemon with hot water and add 2 teaspoons of honey. You can add a tablespoon of brandy or whisky, too.
Blackcurrant makes another soothing hot drink. The easiest way to make a blackcurrant drink is to dilute a concentrate such as Ribena with hot water and sip slowly.
Make an ACV drink
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is probably right up there with garlic (its unfortunate the things that make us better can’t taste delicious) but some people swear by it. Its high levels of acidity can kill bacteria quite efficiently, and when mixed with honey it can soothe the soreness in your throat as well.
You will need:
-1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
-1 tablespoon of honey
-1 cup of very warm water
Mix the ACV and honey into very warm water. Drink it while it’s still warm!
Turmeric is both a powerful antioxidant and a powerful anti-inflammatory. Gargling with this natural ingredient can help to combat an inflamed, sore throat.
Garlic contains allicin, a compound that can kill the bacteria that cause a sore throat and fight the germs causing pain and irritation. While anything involving raw garlic might not sound particularly appealing, it’s a great natural remedy that can help to soothe a sore throat.
Slice one piece of garlic in half, place one half of the garlic in each cheek, and suck on it like a cough drop. Occasionally crush your teeth against it to release the allicin- there’s no need to actually bite it though.