Home remedies to treat a sore throat

Home remedies to treat a sore throat

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

 A sore throat is a frequent sign of an infection of the upper respiratory tract that attacks the body in the autumn–winter period. This throat pain is usually the first symptom of the common cold and a signal that there is an inflammatory process taking place in the body. In order to protect yourself against the development of an infection, as soon as you get a sore throat use proven home remedies that will help you fight the infection in its initial stage.

Milk with honey and butter

Milk with honey and butter is one of the most popular home-made treatments to fight infection. Honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties and it strengthens the body’s resistance. Warm milk and butter warms the body up from the inside.

Garlic and onion

The natural compounds found in garlic and onion have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit the growth and development of pathogenic factors and prevent the development of infections. Eat raw garlic, e.g. finely chopped in a sandwich with butter. You may prepare an onion syrup (finely sliced onion sprinkled with two spoons of sugar), which is a perfect remedy for a cough.

Gargling with salt and water

Another home remedy for a sore throat is gargling with a solution of salt. You can prepare the rinse on your own by dissolving a spoon of salt in a glass of warm boiled water.

Sage brew

Sage is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory remedy that has been used for years in treating inflammatory conditions of the oral cavity, the throat, inflammation of the larynx and accompanying hoarseness. You can prepare the sage brew at home by pouring hot water on the herbs and leaving it aside for 15 minutes in order to brew. You can buy sage (dried herbs or herbal tea bags) in a pharmacy or a herb store.

Raspberry juice and lemon

A perfect source of easily digestible vitamin C. People with reduced immunity usually have a deficiency of this vitamin. Drinking tea with raspberry juice or lemon allows one supplement the level of vitamin C, thereby shortening the course of the common cold while at the same soothing and moistening a dry throat "from the inside".

Humidifying air

Another remedy for a sore throat is ensuring adequate air humidity in your environs. Therefore, an air humidifier or a bowl of water next to a radiator will help maintain a high level of air humidity and prevent the throat’s mucous membrane from drying up.

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