Sore throats are triggered as part of your body’s immune response to viral or bacterial infections. This natural immune response is what leads to an inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes in the throat which brings about the pain and irritation in your throat, especially when you swallow.
Thankfully, there are natural home made remedies you can use in most cases to treat your throat, without requiring an antibiotic prescription.
1. Marshmallow root
Marshmallow has been used to treat sore throat since ancient times, as its root contains mucilage a gelatinous substance that coats and soothes the throat.
To use this remedy, you should fill a 1 liter jar with cold water and place the marshmallow root in cheesecloth and tie it up in a bundle. Dip the bundle completely in the water, place the tied end over the lip of the jar and cover the jar tightly.
Infuse for at least 8 hours or overnight and then remove the bundle. Pour a desired amount into your glass and sip it throughout the day to relieve your pain.
2. Lemon juice
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of lemons make it a useful sore throat home remedy. It’s also high in vitamin C- which boosts immune function and increases salivation thus, helping to keep the throat moist.
You can try hot lemonade with honey by mixing the juice from half a lemon and one teaspoon of honey in one cup of warm water. Sip it slowly. Alternatively, you can gargle with freshly pressed lemon juice diluted with an equal amount of warm water.
Cinnamon is a fragrant and delicious spice that’s high in antioxidants and provides antibacterial benefits and it fights throat pain and infection. You can mix one teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and black pepper powder in a glass of warm water, strain the solution and gargle with it 2-3 times a day.
Alternatively, you can mix a few drops of cinnamon oil and one teaspoon of pure honey. Eat this twice a day to get relief from the pain and inflammation associated with a sore throat.
Honey has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help naturally to soothe your throat It also is helpful to reduce mucus secretion, coughs and ease the swelling in your throat.
Add raw honey to warm water or tea, or mix it with lemon oil, to create a fast acting sore throat remedy.
5. Salt water
Salt works like an antiseptic and helps to draw water out of mucous membranes in the throat which cuts phlegm and reduces inflammation, giving you an instant relief.
Mix one-half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. If you do not like the salty taste, add a small amount of honey. Gargle with the solution, spit the water out after gargling. Do this at least four times a day for best results.
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