It is that time of the year, when a sore throat, cough, and cold are taking over.
We all experience a sore throat during autumn or winter.
There are many factors that contribute to a sore throat, including dry air, allergies, outdoor pollution, and we haven’t even mentioned illnesses like flu and cold.
Even if you are not experiencing sore throat symptoms, chances are, one of your friends and family is.
So, instead of reaching for the pharmaceuticals, try some natural and home remedies for a sore throat that will soothe the pain and help you feel pain-free.
Gargle with salt water
One of the best home remedies for a sore throat is gargle with salt water.
Sometimes, I even do it just for the sake of doing it.
Gargle with salt water pulls the inflamed tissue and relieves the discomfort you are feeling because of a sore throat.
It helps with swollen throats as well.
All you need is one teaspoon of table salt and a glass of warm water.
Stir the water until the salt dissolves.
Make sure to gargle with the water for several seconds.
In the home remedy arsenal for a sore throat, honey has a special place.
You can use it in so many ways to soothe the pain.
First and easiest is to add honey to your warm tea.
According to some studies, honey is actually more effective for fighting the common cough than medications.
In addition to soothing the pain and discomfort from sore throat, honey also has antibacterial properties.
Aside from tea, you can also make honey gargles.
Add one to three teaspoons of honey into one cup of warm water and gargle three times per day.
Peppermint is rich in menthol, an active ingredient that opens up the nasal passages, which is crucial when you are suffering from sore throat.
You can easily make a peppermint gargle with two peppermint tea bags and one cup of warm boiling water.
Wait for the water to cool down to a temperature that is fit for you.
You simply cannot find a home remedy article without garlic in it.
Simply put, garlic is your best medicine in the house.
For sore throat, you need one fresh clove of garlic sliced in half.
Place one piece of the garlic in each cheek.
I know it sounds repulsive, but you need to suck the garlic like it is a cough drop.
You can even crush the garlic with your teeth to release the active ingredients of garlic that will soothe your sore throat.
No need of biting though.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Garlic and apple cider vinegar, those are the two ingredients with which you can actually heal almost everything and clean anything in your home.
For your sore throat home remedy, you need one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon of honey and one cup of warm water.
Mix all ingredients and then drink it while it is warm.
Another way to beat sore throat is with a hot steam shower. This is a simple home remedy to get relief from moist air.
Take deep breaths while you are in a warm shower.
Another way to create steam is to run hot water in the sink. Put a towel over your head and breathe the steam.
Licorice root is one of the home remedies that will help you avoid a visit to the doctor and allow you get a good night’s sleep.
Mix licorice root with warm water to prepare a gargle solution, and as with other gargle remedies on this list, gargle three times per day.
A study in 2009 showed that licorice root can even help patients with coughing after surgery.
Sage and Echinacea
Put these two together, and you get a great asset in your battle with sore throat.
A spray made from these two ingredients can help you relieve your sore throat symptoms in a matter of few days.
As a study from 2009 showed, patients feel relief just after two days.
Use the spray every two hours, up to ten times per day.
There is a reason why people that consume cayenne peppers on a regular basis rarely get ill.
Capsaicin, an active ingredient in cayenne peppers that gives them that spicy and hot taste is one of the healthiest things you can get.
Capsaicin relieves pain in the same way as aspirin does, sometimes even better.
For your home remedy for sore throat, you need half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, one teaspoon of honey and one cup of boiling water.
Stir the ingredients together, and drink it while the drink is warm but not hot.
You can always reduce the amount of cayenne if you are sensitive to spicy and hot food.