Top 5 Natural Relief Remedies for Sore Throats – Home Remedies

Top 5 Natural Relief Remedies for Sore Throats – Home Remedies

Top 5 Natural Relief Remedies for Sore Throats – Home Remedies

 One of my least favourite things in the world is getting a sore throat and I do everything I can to prevent it from showing it’s painful and annoying self. Because I don’t believe in just numbing the pain but rather in curing it I always turn to natural home remedies for the initial stages. Then if it doesn’t go away I head on over to the doctor to get a throat swab and see what’s going on in there. But 9 times out of 10 your sore throat will go away just by using some natural remedies.

Natural remedy 1:

The saltwater gargle – This is something you most likely heard from your mother and she probably forced you to gargle it quite a bit. She was right to do so! It is one of the most known and used sore throat cures around.

Salt is an antiseptic which helps to inhibit growth of infectious microorganisms. So it’s an antiseptic mouthwash. It is weaker than other antiseptics but it does the trick. Salt also takes water out of the mucous membranes in your throat and this will obviously help you to get rid of or lessen that annoying phlegm.

I usually put about a teaspoon in a glass of water – A good measure of how much to put in is where you defiantly notice it but don’t get sick from it.

Natural remedy 2:

Apple Cider Vinegar – Bacteria will be blown away and killed on contact because of apple cider vinegar being so acidic.

This can be gargled every hour if you like and you can swallow this one after gargling. Apple cider vinegar offers potassium, among other things, which is good for you. You may want to rinse your mouth out with some water to protect the enamel on your teeth though. Again you can use your own discretion and tolerance to decide how much to put in but a rule of thumb is 2 tbsp for a glass of water.

Natural remedy 3:

Garlic – I love garlic and eat it raw at least once a day which is why I probably don’t get very many sore throats or colds at all. But for those of you who don’t like it as much as me it may be hard to do what I’m about to suggest...just remember that the goal is to get rid of the sore throat, not have the best tasting things go in your mouth and skip around delighted with the taste but still have a sore throat...if you like skipping that is.

The best thing you can do is to chew a whole piece of garlic in your mouth and let it go down your throat. When you chew it you are realising all the healing powers of the inside and juices. Otherwise you are just swallowing the garlic without actually letting it hit your throat or mouth. It’s antiseptic again and it burns to let you know it’s doing it’s thing. Garlic is antiseptic, antifungal, antisocial...and so much more – it’s quite versatile.

Quick fun fact: The more garlic you eat the less you smell of it. I never smell like garlic.

Natural remedy 4:

Honey – As a side note I have seen many older people who natural reach for honey when they feel a sore throat coming on. In fact I worked at a nursing home and it was quite a panic for them if there was no honey around. There is years of experience and usage behind it. So just from that fact alone you know it’s good!

Honey soothes and coats.

It has also been shown that an enzyme which gets added to the nectar by the bees is a mild antibacterial agent and it has antibiotic properties as well. The enzyme makes hydrogen peroxide – a harmful bacteria killer.

Many people use it in a tea but you can also make it into a paste with your garlic and eat it that way. Yummy! – You can also make other mixtures as well.

Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar – Mix equal parts of both apple cider vinegar and honey and take one tbsp as needed for pain relief.

Honey and lemon juice - Just make it into a mixer that is drinkable because you want to get it down fast.

Natural remedy 5:

Slippery Elm – If you check out a health food store you will find sore throat lozenges made with natural ingredients. Chances are slippery elm is in them.

Mucilage is a matter that turns into a slick gel when water when water gets mixed with it – and slippery elm contains it. It coats and soothes your digestive track from your mouth to your intestines.

If you are pregnant or nursing, as with any herb, you may want to hold off with this one as the safety of it hasn’t been researched.

And in addition to any remedies you try make sure you are drinking tons of water. This helps clear out the mucous and get everything working at it's optimal level to help speed up your recovery.

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