A sore and scratchy throat are often the first signs of a cold. Viral, bacterial or fungal infection cause sore throat. However, throat irritation may also be caused by smoking, environmental pollution or an allergic reaction. Well, regardless of the cause, when soreness strikes your immediate concern is to find quick relief!
Antibiotics don’t provide any relief in curing throat infections, especially those caused by a bacteria or a virus. In fact, they weaken your immune system.
Home treatment, on the other hand, works like magic. With our list of natural and soothing home remedies you are ready to take on sore throats, common colds and coughs. Discover your go-to-remedy for the next time the throaty itch returns!
The inner bark of the ‘slippery elm’ contains a substance called mucilage, which is a polysaccharide that becomes a gel when mixed with water. The mucilage is dried and powdered, and used for medicinal purposes. It is rich in nutrients, including beneficial antioxidants that help relieve inflammation. It does a good job of soothing and coating the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines, causing much relief from things like Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERT), ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). You can mix some grounded powder of elm with your tea or buy tablets that contain slippery elm.
A mixture of hot red chili powder – often called cayenne pepper and orange juice can provide almost instant relief from a sore throat. This mixture is best taken down with a straw, as there is no need to expose the mucous lining of your mouth to the active ingredients of hot red chilis. Just take this mixture straight to your throat with a straw, slow and steady. Repeat every two to three hours until your throat is free of discomfort.
If you have a sore throat due to a cough, cold or allergies, the honey-ginger concoction will help to expectorate mucus, thus flushing out toxins from your body and providing immediate relief for the symptoms of common cold, cough and a sore throat.
It may sound very strange, but it is true that tamarind is very good in treating a sore throat. Soak a handful of tamarind in 2 glasses of water and keep it for some time. Drain the water and gargle with it. This really works as an effective remedy for a sore throat!
Basil leaves are said to be one of the best natural remedies for a sore throat. It has antiseptic properties and acts as a deterrent. Just add 3-4 basil leaves in boiling water and keep boiling it for a few minutes till the juice of the leaves is extracted. Once the liquid becomes lukewarm you may sip it a bit and gargle too.
If your sore throat is caused by a virus or causes other than the bacteria, the first thing you should do is reach for your jar of honey! Honey is an amazing sore throat remedy. It is proven to have antifungal and antibacterial properties. Also, due to the consistency of honey, it is very soothing for sore throats, coughs, and bronchial ailments. Here is an effective home remedy to cure a sore throat using honey.
A cough could be debilitating and persistent over time. Even though in it’s perfectly normal occurrence it should be treated with care. Natural remedies can help alleviate the symptoms. Be it a dry or a wet cough, here are quick and effective home remedies to get rid of it in just one day!
‘Echinacea’ is a well know herb for the support of your immune system. It is also an excellent herb for reducing the severity of a cold. ‘Ginger’ has a warming expectorant effect on the lungs, helping to dispel phlegm and mucus. Try a ginger tea when you have a cold! ‘Sage’ is great for sore throats, and the common cold. A mix of Sage tea and vinegar, when gargled, can be effective for a sore throat.
When you are suffering from tonsillitis, experts on the subject say that it is good to take herbs like echinacea, garlic, myrrh, sage and wild indigo as they boost the immune system. To tackle the fever, which generally accompanies tonsillitis, lime flowers, chamomile, elderflowers and yarrow are said to be the herbs to treat it. Painful tonsils may be soothed with comfrey, marshmallow, and mullein.