Natural Remedies to Soothe a Sore Throat
Have you ever been plagued by the pain of a sore throat? I’ve had my patients’ describe it to me as if there were razor blades cutting their throats. Pretty bad huh? Some may not relate, just all depends on your pain tolerance I guess.
But, nonetheless a pain in the throat is a pain in the %$#… you know what I’m saying.
(Step one) Visit your doctor to rule out bacterial causes such as tonsiliar abscess, strep throat ect. Those might be your worse case scenarios. Some sore throats are caused from the start of some virus, acid reflux or even post- nasal drainage.
What to do ….
Warm Saltwater gargles are helpful.
Mixing a full cup of warm water with about a half a tablespoon of salt to gargle with a few times a day. This helps to break up secretions to the back of the throat and reduce swelling.
If the thought of gargling salt is too nasty?
How about a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup. Throw in some carrots, celery, garlic and onions cooked till soft. This too will soothe your throat, increases hydration, break up congestion that relieves stuffy noses. It is good for your immune system with the benefit of, immune boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidant properties. So eat lightly while your body focuses more on healing than digestion.
We all know AVC (Apple Cider Vinegar) is good for everything!
Suggested AVC with “the mother”. In small amounts and diluted with warm water. This may help thin secretions and kill some bacteria coating the back of throat. Along with antibacterial properties to help boost the immune system.
Cayenne pepper gargle.
Warm water with a pinch of cayenne pepper. I read quite a few post where some people swear by it. Brace yourself for the initial burning sensation though. Cayenne pepper contains anti-inflammatory properties and also capsaicin as a natural analgesic. Capsaicin is found also in some topical ointments and dermal patches to help relieve pain.
Warm tea and honey can help with the pain.
Chamomile tea specifically is naturally soothing and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent properties. While honey has been researched and found to help with healing wounds and improving allergies. I really like raw honey! I’ll link the one that I normally use, Really Raw Honey. (Never heated or strained; contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, enzymes and trace minerals the bee’s put into it.)
Maybe your drunk uncle was on to something.
Have a Hot Toddy for your sore throat! The recipe includes a mixture hot water, honey and shot of whiskey before retiring for the night. Additional ingredients may include lemon, cinnamon and or spices.
You should always increase your fluids when your ill and especially with fever. To Avoid dehydration which increases irritation to the back of the throat.
Another one of my go to drinks include 2-3 menthol cough drops added to hot water.
I’m sure you can imagine the cooling sensation and relief you can feel drinking this. Added bonus… increasing fluid intake versus just sucking on a few cough drops.
Avoid caffeine which is dehydrating, besides your body needs the rest when your sick. Dairy has also been shown to increase mucus production and should also be avoided during this time.
What’s your go to remedies for a sore throat??? Comment below. Ask your grandma she’ll know (wink).
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