Top 3 Sore Throat Home Remedies : How to Get Rid of a Sore Throat
Here are my Top 3 sore Throat Home Remedies and how to get rid of a sore throat naturally! Many people prefer to look for home remedies for a sore throat rather than rely on pharmaceuticals and over the counter medicines and here are my favourite top 3 home remedies!
Manuka Honey – Top 3 Sore Throat Home Remedies and how to get rid of a 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.
Warm Salt Water and Baking Soda Gargle – Top 3 Sore Throat Home Remedies and how to get rid of a 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 and the baking soda creates an inhospitable environment for yeasts and other organisms. 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), add 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda and gargle (but do not swallow). 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.
Marshmallow Root Infusion – Top 3 Sore Throat Home Remedies and how to get rid of a 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!
When to see a doctor – Top 3 sore Throat Home Remedies and how to get rid of a 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