Natural Remedies for Sore Throat

A sore throat can be very troublesome. The main symptoms of sore throat are pain and irritation while swallowing food or liquid. Sometimes it comes along on its own. Other times it comes along with other symptoms like fever or cold.

Sore throat is mostly caused by a viral or bacterial infection. And this usually lasts for up to seven days.

Whichever it is, we have got a few home remedies for sore throat.


Saltwater Gargle 

For most people, this is the easiest remedy there is. All that is needed is salt and warm water. To reduce the swelling in your throat, the salt pulls the water out of the throat tissue. Plus, it kills unwanted viruses and bacteria in your throat.

For it to work effectively, add a teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargle for about thirty seconds. This should be done every hour.

Honey 

Honey is a good home remedy for sore throat. But people who avoid sugar may want to go with another remedy since honey is sugar in another form. Also, honey is not good for children under the age of one. This is simply because children that young are not strong enough to fight bacteria found in honey.

For use, mix honey with warm water of apple cider vinegar.

Lemon Water 

If you have a cold or flu as a result of sore throat, lemon water provides relief for them. Lemon has a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants. These two minerals can increase your saliva production, this in turn helps keep the mucous membranes moist.

Just combine lemon with warm water. Add salt or honey to maximize results.

Coconut Oil 

Coconut oil has many health benefits and it can be soothing for your throat. Also, it helps oil the mucous membranes in the throat. Its anti-inflammatory properties helps our body fight infections. Drink up to 2 tablespoons everyday you can choose to mix it with something or not.

Coconut oil in itself is a laxative, so i would advise you watch how much you consume.

Chicken Soup 

Africans, especially nigerians, are very familiar with their chicken soup. Chicken soup has the same feel as drinking hot tea it is soothing on a sore throat and it breaks up thick mucus. It helps keep you hydrated and may have antiinflammatory properties, according to some studies.

Raw Garlic 

This is packed with antiseptic properties and it helps us fight bacterial infections. And may also help us fight sore throat. Crushed raw garlic releases a compound called allicin, this has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. You can either chew, suck or add some honey to it when crushed. Consume as soon as possible so it does not lose its allicin

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