Bacterial or viral infections can cause irritated throat, swollen throat, difficulty in eating and talking. Whatever the cause, you can get help from herbal teas to reduce sore throats and soften your throat. Herbal teas can also reduce coughing and prevent further throat irritation.
Garlic (besides bad smell), as a natural antibiotic, is an effective herbal solution to treat sore throat except herbal teas which is good for throat pain such as eucalyptus, chamomile and sage. Herbal teas and mouthwashes help the sore throat treatment in two different ways. In the first case, it creates a mucous-like layer on the irritated throat wall to prevent further irritation. In the second case, it reduces the inflammation in the throat and helps the immune system to heal the pain-causing disease in a shorter time.
You can consume the following herbal teas as hot tea but regular drug users, pregnant women or people who have other illnesses should consume these as tea gargle after preparing and cooling tea to prevent possible side effects of these teas.
Other Recommendations for Throat Pain
You can gargle with salt water 3-4 times a day. For gargle 1 teaspoon salt is mixed with 1 cup of warm water. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dry throat.
You can soften your throat by mixing honey with 1 teaspoon of warm water. The dry air also dries your throat. Make sure that the air of your home or workplace is sufficiently humid during especially the winter months.
You can add a few drops of lemon to your herbal teas to provide vitamin C in order to improve your immune system, or you can sweeten it with honey as a natural antiseptic.