Why Sore Throats?

Each and every one of us would have had a sore throat at some time or the other. It is something that is unavoidable, especially in certain seasons. Some of us are more prone to it while others get it rarely. Sometimes all it takes is eating an ice cream or some frozen dessert, etc. to get a sore throat. You can feel that irritating feeling in the throat while swallowing and sometimes it pains as well. At times a sore throat accompanies viral infections like a cold or flu. Most often home remedies for sore throat help ease the problem and you may not have to visit a doctor unless symptoms persist or aggravate with accompanying fever etc.

Since this is a very common problem, the sore throat home remedies are also mostly well-known and trusted in most households. Especially when you have kids who are more prone to it, you would prefer to try these before seeking medical advice and starting an antibiotic. Given below is a list of home remedies for sore throat that can help alleviate the pain and help your throat get back to normally.

Home Remedies For Sore Throat

1. Salt Water Gargling

It is one remedy that even doctors prescribe along with medicines to help get your throat back to normal again. It’s age-old; time tested a therapy that rarely fails to get results. It is also something that is easily done without much trouble. A glass of water should be heated to just warm (not boiling) and then a teaspoon of salt should be thoroughly mixed in it. Use this solution to gargle and repeat this process at least two to three times a day to get best results.

You would be surprised to realize that there is a science behind this remedy as well. Throats start hurting due to inflammation of the cells in our mucous membranes. Salt water gargling helps by reducing the swelling and thus easing the pain.

2. Cloves

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Think cloves and most of us associate it with tooth pain. Cloves are still used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese treatments. It is known to work as a natural pain killer due to a substance called Eugenol present in it. All you have to do is to quite recently pop a few full cloves into your mouth and chew them. It will provide immense relief from a sore throat.

 

3. Ginger Pepper Concoction

It is one of the extraordinary home remedies for sore throats prevalent in Indian households. Boil two cups of water with a piece either fresh or dried ginger and a small pinch of pepper powder (or a few peppercorns). If you need it sweet, then you may add a bit of jaggery to it while boiling. Reduce this to half the quantity, strain it and drink it hot. If you don’t have jaggery, then you can choose to add a spoon of honey to the strained solution before drinking it. It can be taken two or three times a day to help get a regular throat.

In case you have access to herbs like Indian borage (Doddapatre) or Holy Basil (Tulsi), you may choose to add a few of the leaves to the same solution while boiling. Apart from making the solution more efficient, it will also help alleviate any accompanying symptoms like a cough and running nose etc.

Ginger has expectorant and anti-inflammatory healing properties and you can even make this solution with just ginger or even add some crushed ginger to your regular cup of tea for relief from a sore throat.

4. Pomegranates

Most people are aware of the medicinal properties of pomegranate. This fruit is an excellent source of antioxidants and is used in treating many ailments including the likes of cancer. It is said to have resistant boosting properties that act as a prevention against many infections as well.Not very many individuals know about the power of pomegranates thus making it one of the effective sore throat remedies.

The astringent properties of this wonder fruit help in reducing the throat inflammation and thus helps reduce the related pain.The simplest way of using pomegranate as a home remedy for a sore throat is to drink the juice at least 3 times in a day or you may just choose to gargle with it as well. For best effects, please use fresh juice rather than the bottled ones.

Another form of application that is again not known to many is that you can make a concoction with its rinds. In fact, the rinds are collected, dried and stored in airtight containers for use at any time in few parts of the world. Just boil a few rinds in a few cups of water for about 15 to 20 minutes. Use this solution to either gargle or even drink it hot. The process can be repeated 2 to 3 times a day for good results.

5. Licorice Root

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It is another herb that has multiple uses. We all know that licorice root helps relieve a cough, but it also helps in a sore throat due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This helps in reducing the swelling of the mucous membranes and reduces the pain.

You can use a pinch of licorice root powder in one or two cups of water and convey it to boil, strain and drink it as a tea. You may choose to add a cinnamon pieces or a pinch of cinnamon powder to this while boiling. Cinnamon by itself contains antioxidants and interestingly its strong aroma to help ease and explain the mucous membranes, thereby facilitating the throat. When coupled with licorice root, this works wonders in making one of the most efficient sore throat remedies.

The list of sore throat home remedies is endless. Only a few are listed above. There are many other remedies like apple cider vinegar, garlic, baking soda, chamomile tea etc. Try these along with some hot steam inhalation to clear your sinuses and you could be well on the way to recovery. You can always take some of those off the shelf lozenges too. All these should surely get rid of the pain in your throat in a couple of days. However, if the symptoms persist or aggravate along with other issues body ache and fever etc. then it is better to visit a doctor.

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