Almost every one of us is familiar with sore throat. It mostly bothers us in winters and mostly due to chatching cold. Throat pain is the main symptom of the sore throat; which is why it is also commonly called as strep throat. There are other common symptoms of sore throat as well such as itchiness or irritation of the throat.
It is usually thought that sore throat is not necessarily a reason for you to go to a doctor. That might be true, however one still has to take care of his/her sore throat, and thanks to God, there are a lot of home remedies. Some of these well-known remedies are as follows:
Salt water is a very well known bacteria killer in almost any part of the world. Gargling with warm salt water would help soothe the throat. You can easily make a saltwater solution by simply adding a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. Gargling this will help reduce swelling and clean the throat. You should do this as necessary without being afraid of any overdosing or side effects unless you have a health problem related to sodium intake such as heart diseases.
2. Baking soda
Although saltwater gargle is more common, gargling baking soda mixed with salt water can also relieve a sore throat. It would kill bacteria and prevent the growth of yeast and fungi. Like gargling with saltwater, gargling with baking soda along with salt water can be repeated as many as needed. You can easily make a baking soda/saltwater solution by simply adding a teaspoon of each in a full glass of warm water.
Honey is another natural resource, which is good for almost anything. Honey alone is a cure for sore throat. However, it may be taken along with any type of tea, black, green, or white or with any kind of herbal tea for that matter. Mixing honey with lemon along with bare warm water would also work. Positive impact of honey has also been scientifically proven. A study revealed that honey was more effective at suppressing nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants.
4. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is another remedy for sore throat. It is known and used since ancient times both as a soother and for medicinal purposes. Today, we know that it is a strong antioxidant with astringent properties.
All of us use peppermint especially as a candy or chewing gum now and then, since it is known for its ability to freshen breath. Essentially driven by the same idea, diluted peppermint oil sprays relieve sore throats as well. Dilution has to be done using a carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, or softened coconut oil. Essential oils such as peppermint oil must not be ingested without a carrier oil. Peppermint has menthol in it and menthol assist in thinning the mucus and sooth the sore and suppress coughs. Peppermint also has antibacterial and antibacterial properties that may encourage healing like most of the other natural remedies listed in this article.
Vinegar is another natural source, which is found in almost anyone's home. Vinegar is acidic and thus can help break down mucus in the throat and stop bacteria from spreading. Many studies show its antimicrobial effects in fighting infections. You can simply add one or two tablespoons in one cup of water and gargle with it. And as it is the case with other natural remedies listed here, you can repeat this as many as you need as well.
Miracle food garlic can help reduce sore throat as well. It is found that it contains allicin, which is an organosulfur compound giving garlic its antibacterial properties. Researh has shown that taking garlic regularly helps prevent the common cold virus. The only drawback of taking garlic as you probably guessed already is its awful smell and for that you may want to brush your teeth after taking garlic to improve your breath. You do not want to meet your boy/girl friend without doing that first.