Top 9 Natural Sore Throat Remedies
Sore throat is one of the most common diseases. It can make swallowing or talking quite painful. Most of the natural sore throat remedies are packaged as lozenges, sprays and herbal teas. Some herbs or pantry staples like honey and salt can also offer some relief. In this article, we will discuss some natural and organic sore throat remedies you can use for quick relief. It is important to understand that you should check with a doctor to make sure you are not allergic to anything or alternative treatments don't react with other medications or supplements you are taking.
Overview of 9 natural sore throat remedies
Honey - Honey has the ability to coat your throat and soothe the pain. Usually, you need to eat just a spoonful every once in a while. However, mixing some honey with hot tea is also a good idea. For better results, you should use all-natural honey. You just have to mix a couple of spoons in your tea and take it like a medicine. Try it out and witness the difference it makes.
Warm Salt Water - This is one of the most common natural remedies for sore throat. In fact, warm salt water is believed to have other health benefits too. For treating sore throat, you need to mix one spoon of salt in one glass of water and gargle. You have to keep doing it few times. Just gargle warm salt water and spit it. Keep going until you feel some relief. Warm salt water not only provides relief and soothes pain, but also prevents the infection from spreading.
Mints - You can use hard candy (peppermints) like cough drops. Mints work in a similar way as cough medicines. However, there is one basic difference. You will not have to go through the yucky taste of a bitter medicine. The best part is that you can eat them constantly. They will coat your throat and provide relief quickly.
Slippery Elm - Slippery Elm has been used by Native Americans for a long time. They have been using slippery elm to treat sore throat, cough and numerous skin conditions. Slippery Elm is a tree, which is native to North America. It contains mucilage, which turns into a slippery gel when it is combined with water. This gel can easily coat a sore throat and provide instant relief. Medical experts believe that slippery elm is a safe way to treat sore throats.
Pelargonium sidoides - This is a popular African geranium species. Although its mechanism is still unknown, Pelargonium sidoides is known to reduce cold symptoms like headaches, nasal congestion and sore throats. This has been proved by many clinical studies and trials. In fact, this plant is used by many healthcare companies in cold medicines. It is one of the most effective natural sore throat remedies.
Garlic - According to most medical experts, Garlic has anti-microbial properties. It is known to be very useful in treating mild symptoms of sore throat. Garlic also helps you fight off any infections. It is also believed that dried garlic has anti-septic properties. Unfortunately, garlic gives you horrible breath. However, you can use a combination of garlic and mints for better results.
Vitamin C - Vitamin C is excellent for boosting your immune system and fighting off any infection. You should take vitamin C in any form three times every day. It does not matter if your throat is sore because of flu or cold. Vitamin C will help your body fight off infection quickly. However, you should reduce your intake if you develop diarrhea.
Zinc lozenge - According to a study, people who suck on lozenge, containing around 13 mg of Zinc every couple of hours, are able to get rid of sore throat quicker than those who use other remedies. However, too much zinc in your body can weaken immunity. Therefore, you should not take lozenges for a longer duration.
Marshmallow root - Just like slippery elm, Marshmallow root also contains mucilage. You can add 2 teaspoons of dried marshmallow root to your tea. Just three to four cups every day will provide some significant relief.
Natural sore throat remedies can be the best way to soothe your pain and get some relief. However, if the problem persists after few days, you should consult a doctor.
|Written by:||Michal Vilímovský (EN)|
|Education:||Medical student, 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic|
|Published:||August 7, 2013 1:15 AM|
|Next scheduled update:||August 7, 2015 1:15 AM|