Sore throat is one of the most frequent among people and it is solved with home remedies on many occasions and they are an alternative to medications, having the advantage that they have no side effects.
What causes a sore throat?
The most common causes of a sore throat are infections and can affect the tonsils, pharynx or larynx and usually occur especially in winter.
Sudden weather changes, being between drafts or simply not bundling up well can cause us to end up having a sore throat.
Other causes of sore throat
- Wounds made by a foreign body (for example, fish bones)
- Persistent cough
- Some kind of fungus
Traditional sore throat treatments
When the sore throat is caused by viral infections, there is no specific treatment and what is done is simply administering analgesics to calm the pain, which is quite difficult to alleviate.
In cases in which it is identified that the infection was caused by the streptococcus virus, a treatment based on penicillin is carried out orally and if it is not tolerated by the patient when vomiting occurs, penicillin is injected.
However, there are some natural solutions to counteract a sore throat and you can learn about them below.
Home remedies for a sore throat
What treatments or home remedies can we use to remove a sore throat or at least relieve it? Here are some effective home remedies for a sore throat that can be easily prepared at home.
Sea salt water
The water with sea salt is very good for sore throat and reduces inflammation and eliminates bacteria that cause it . To take it, it is recommended to dissolve ½ teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm water and gargle several times a day.
You should not swallow the salt water but simply gargle, in this way you will get relief from the annoying pain in the throat.
Honey with lemon
The lemon is very good for all the viral processes because it contains a lot of vitamin C and mixed with honey its soothing effects are most powerful. Lemon also has immunostimulant and anti-infective effects while honey has good antibacterial properties as well as containing potassium and phosphorus that have relaxing effects.
4 ounces of water are heated and we add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon and a half of lemon juice.
This plant has a powerful analgesic effect in its sage and is one of the best natural analgesics to soothe a sore throat and is also very good for the flu.
The marshmallow helps against all throat conditions and specially to relieve pain and against pharyngitis and even aphonia. This homemade preparation is made by pouring a tablespoon of dried marshmallow root into a cup of boiling water. Let it rest for 15 or 20 minutes and then it should be taken like any other infusion.
* It is advisable to take it 3 times a day to have a greater calming effect.
Apple cider vinegar
The apple cider vinegar is also good to relieve sore throat and use in this case is to gargle with it.
To prepare the natural solution for gargling, what we do is add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water.
* With this preparation we gargle several times a day to soothe pain and inflammation in the entire affected area of the throat.
Ginger is a natural medicine that is used to treat many health problems and also helps us in the natural treatment of sore throats.
To use the ginger root, what we do is make a tea by pouring 2 tablespoons of ginger root in a cup of almost boiling water and let it rest for 15 minutes.
It should be drunk hot and it is recommended to take 3 times a day.
Elm is a little-known remedy for a sore throat, but it is effective because it contains mucilage, which is a substance that swells when mixed with water and has analgesic properties.
To use it, add a teaspoon of elm in 2 cups of boiling water and let it rest for 5 minutes. It should be taken while hot.