Natural Sore Throat Remedies That Work!
Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 8:00 am
We all know the cold season brings the annual dreaded cold or flu, and one of the most painful symptoms of sickness is an aching sore throat. Instead of just coping with the symptoms, try calming your sore throat with the following natural and effective solutions!
Natural Ways to Heal a Sore Throat
1. Gargle with Warm Salt Water
Talk about an oldie and a goodie! Gargling several times a day with warm salt water is a fantastic way to start feeling more like yourself again. Studies have shown that those who have gargled with warm salt water, who also had a sore throat, had reduced swelling in their throats and loosened mucus. Furthermore, the act of swirling salt water in your throat helps remove bacteria and irritants (like that loosened mucus). If you need an exact ratio to work with try mixing half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water to start. If the taste is too overwhelming add a small amount of honey to make the mixture taste better.
2. All Natural Throat Lozenges or Cough Drops
Even though they look like candy, and even may taste like candy, throat lozenges really do work. Sucking on a lozenge or cough drop has been shown to increase the production of saliva thus adding moisture to a dry and irritated throat. Simply select an all natural lozenge or cough drop and you’ll be on your way to feeling better in no time! If you have the option, try selecting a cough drop or lozenge with some sort of cooling effect to help ease the burn you feel from irritation.
3. Fluids and Tea
Hydration is a tip that often gets overlooked. Keeping hydrated is essential because moisture will keep your mucous membranes strong which means you’re more capable of fighting off bacteria, allergens, and other irritants. You should be drinking enough liquid to keep your urine close to clear. If you’re struggling with swallowing water try sucking on an ice-cube instead. You’ll get the same hydration without irritating your throat as much.
If you do decide to go the tea route you’ll stay hydrated in addition to more help with soothing painful symptoms. When choosing your tea select one with antioxidants to help strengthen your immunity.