A sore throat is often one of the first signs that a respiratory illness is brewing. What a nuisance a dry, achy, scratchy throat can be. Put a lid on it at the first sign of soreness with these great remedies.
Save your sore throat medicines for another day, and try these natural solutions instead.
Since hot liquids usually soothe a sore throat best, hot tea is a given. There are a plethora of teas available and many of them have medicinal qualities, but it’s what’s in your tea concoctions that will make all the difference.
Marigold tea, whose leaves are taken from the calendula flower, is one of the greats when it comes to soothing a sore throat. To make it just right, use one teaspoon of dried marigold per cup of hot water and sweeten it as you like. Honey is generally your best and healthiest option for sweetening tea – not to mention the fact that honey’s astringent and antiseptic properties also help to stop throat scratchiness and soothe the pain. If you’d rather not drink tea, you can make a mixture of marigold leaves and warm water in the same way, but instead use it as a mouthwash. Either way, your sore throat will feel much better.
People often say gargling with warm salt water helps sore throats as well. In my experience, this is true. Gargling is another great solution to get rid of the soreness. Here’s an herbal concoction you can gargle with that goes a step further than plain saltwater though:
3-Part Harmony – For every cup of warm water you use, add 2 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of sandalwood oil. For even more benefit and especially if you’re fighting infection along with your sore throat, drop in a couple drops of peppermint oil. This 3-part mixture will ease the pain and swelling in your throat, as well as begin working on the underlying cause of illness – bacterial infection.
Marjoram – The perennial herb marjoram can tackle many of the symptoms associated with the common cold, flu and other upper respiratory conditions; sore throat is one of them. Marjoram knocks out pain and inflammation and kills germs associated with sore throat and the illnesses that bring sore throat on. The taste may not be to your liking when gargling, but it’s a small thing to contend with as your sore throat gets better.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Gargling 2-3 times daily with this acidic liquid will soothe your throat and knock out infection. Some people may not be able to handle the strength of vinegar as a gargle, but its strength is what makes it very effective at eradicating your symptoms.