Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Natural Remedies: Sore Throat – A lot of people prefer to look for natural sore throat remedies rather than to use pharmaceuticals and there are several natural remedies which can ease the pain and provide relief from the symptoms of a sore throat.
Peppermint Tea – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Peppermint tea may help to soothe an inflamed throat as it contains anti-inflammatory compounds which help to reduce swelling. It also acts as a decongestant, helps to remove mucus that may be irritating your throat and the mint may numb your throat a little which will help to ease the pain.
You can make your own peppermint tea by using fresh peppermint leaves and steeping them in hot water for 5 minutes, you can also check out the Best Home Remedy Sore Throat : Recipes page for some great sore throat tea ideas!
Warm Salt Water Gargle – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
This is one of the easiest and cheapest natural remedies for a sore throat. The salt draws up mucus from your inflamed throat, may help prevent bacteria from growing and helps reduce swelling. Just dissolve a quarter to 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water (ensure it is not too hot as this may burn your throat) and gargle. Why not check out the Best Home Remedy Sore Throat : Recipes for some more great sore throat gargle recipes!
Or if you would like something a little stronger then check out Gargle Away which is an All Natural Throat Care Gargle which helps relieve the symptoms of a sore throat and laryngitis.
Warm Salt Water and Baking Soda Gargle – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
This is another variation of the warm salt water gargle with the addition of 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda and gargling with this solution gives the added benefit of creating a hostile environment for yeasts and fungi. Why not check out the Best Home Remedy Sore Throat : Recipes for some more great sore throat gargle recipes!
Marshmallow Root Infusion – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Marshmallow root is a demulcent herb (it relieves inflammation or irritation) and has traditionally been used to reduce inflammation, ease pain and swelling and has been used to soothe sore throats and upset stomachs for many years. When mixed with water it forms a gelatin like consistency which helps to soothe a sore throat by coating irritated mucous membranes and lubricating your throat when you swallow it. It can be taken as a cold infusion or a warm tea – whatever is your preference!
You can make a simple marshmallow root infusion by combining 1 tablespoon of peppermint leaf, 1 tablespoon of marshmallow root powder and a cup of hot water in a jar. Let it cool, give it a shake and store in the fridge for a few hours after which you can drink it cold. Check out the Best Home Remedy Sore Throat : Recipes for some more great tea and infusion recipes!
Apple Cider Vinegar – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Apple cider vinegar has traditionally been used by many people to soothe a sore throat as it contains acetic acid which has antibacterial properties. It may provide relief from the symptoms of a sore throat caused by a bacterial infection. ACV is very commonly used as a gargle – just add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt or honey to warm water and gargle for 30 seconds 2-3 times a day.
Raw Garlic – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Raw garlic contains an organosulfer compound called allicin which is released when raw garlic is crushed, cut or chewed. It has antimicrobial qualities as well as helps to stimulate your immune system. It has anecdotally been used by many to ease the symptoms of a sore throat by chewing/sucking a raw bulb (though you may want to brush your teeth afterwards) . It also contains natural oils which have decongestant and expectorant effects which will help to remove any mucus irritating your throat.
Manuka Honey – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Manuka Honey is derived from the nectar of the manuka bush in New Zealand and has a low PH but a high sugar content meaning it inhibits microbial growth. Many people believe that raw and unheated Manuka Honey may help relieve the symptoms of a sore throat. It is a very special honey because it has the same antimicrobial properties that normal honey has (hydrogen peroxide) but also a naturally occuring compound called methylglyoxal (MGO). In normal honey the hydrogen peroxide breaks down and the anti-bacterial benefits disappear. However the MGO in manuka honey continues to work even after the hydrogen peroxide has broken down.
Cayenne Pepper – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Cayenne pepper is traditionally used to make spicy dishes and hot sauces in many different cuisines from around the world. It contains capsaicin which, when used topically, is an anti-inflammatory and natural analgesic (meaning pain reliever). You can gargle with it or add it to tea to ease some of the pain. You can make a very simple gargle with a glass of warm water and a flat teaspoon of cayenne pepper and add a teaspoon of either salt or honey (or both if you are feeling brave!) to improve the bacteria fighting benefits!
Sage and Echinacea – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Sage and echinacea can make a very effective throat spray and may help relieve some of the symptoms of your sore throat. This is due to the fact that sage has astringent, antiseptic and antibacterial qualities which help kill bacteria in your throat while echinacea may have immune-boosting effects. Check out this recipe for a honey, sage and echinacea throat spray!
Cinnamon – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Cinnamon is used frequently in Chinese herbal medicine and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains large amounts of polyphenol antioxidants which help your body fight infection and repair damaged tissues. One of it’s active components, Cinnamaldehyde, is an essential oil found in the cinnamon bark has anti fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties which may help to reduce infections. You can add freshly grated cinnamon stick to a warm drink such as tea or coffee or such a teaspoon of honey with some grated cinnamon on top to ease throat pain. However be careful not to consume more than around 1/2 a teaspoon a day as large doses of cinnamon can cause health complications. Check out the sore throat recipes page for a great Cinnamon and Vanilla Almond Milk recipe!
Licorice Root – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Licorice root has been traditionally used in alternative medicines (such as chinese medicine and ayurveda) to treat and ease many conditions including a sore throat. Licorice root contains glycyrrhizin which is a sweetening compound which gives it anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. It is a demulcent which means it soothes inflamed and damaged tissue and also an expectorant which means it helps in expelling mucus from your lungs and throat. It also has aspirin-like properties which help to soothe the pain of a sore throat. Please note that large amounts of licorice root or black licorice can exacerbate hypertension and can be detrimental to your health as it can cause potassium levels to fall – potassium is a mineral that is essential for normal heart activity. If you have pre-existing medical conditions, especially heart issues, then please speak to your doctor before trying any remedies containing licorice. Check out this recipe for a herbal tea which contains licorice.
Ginger Root – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Ginger is a spice which has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which may boost blood circulation, flush out toxins and help fight infections and kill the bacteria responsible for your sore throat. Fresh grated ginger is especially potent and can be added to a warm tea with honey to help soothe the pain of a sore throat. Check out our Fresh Ginger Root Tea recipe for a quick bit of pain relief!
Turmeric – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
Turmeric is a bright yellow spice which is part of the ginger family. It has powerful antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which may help soothe the symptoms of a sore throat. It contains curcuminoids which are active compounds which have strong anti-inflammatory properties as well as several essential oils that have healing properties. Check out our Fresh Ginger Root Tea recipe or our Turmeric Gargle recipe which both contain turmeric to soothe the inflammation in your aching throat.
When to see a doctor – Natural Remedies: Sore Throat
It is important to see a medical professional if you have any of the following symptoms :
- difficulty in breathing / pain when you breathe
- difficulty in opening your mouth
- difficulty in swallowing and talking
- a severely sore throat that won’t subside and even gets worse
- a stiff or painful neck
- you have white pus filled areas on the tonsils or at the back of the throat
- you have any swelling inside your mouth and/or throat
- if you have blood in your phlegm or saliva
- severe symptoms such as a high fever (101°F (38°C)
- sore joints
- It is also important to see a doctor/go to the emergency room if your symptoms last longer than four days, are not improving or are getting worse