Sore throat becomes a common problem as the seasons change. Because of this, pain, itching and burning are felt in the throat. Due to a sore throat, there is a feeling of difficulty in swallowing anything. Although this is not a serious problem, due to this, there is a lot of trouble from eating and drinking to sleeping.
Honey - this is very beneficial in sore throat. Honey with tea or just alone is enough to overcome this problem. In one study, honey has been found to be more effective than medicines in night-time cough. Honey heals the wound faster, so it cures sore throat quickly.
Salt water - Gargling with salt water provides great relief in sore throat. It also works to kill the bacteria present in the throat. Mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and make it saline and gargle with it. This reduces the swelling of the throat and keeps the throat clear. Gargle with this water every three hours.
Chamomile tea - Chamomile tea is a natural relaxant. It is used in many medicines including sore throat. It has properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and astringent. According to studies, taking chamomile steam relieves symptoms like cold and cough, including sore throat. At the same time, drinking its tea strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight infection.
Peppermint - this is known to remove halitosis. Peppermint oil relieves sore throat. Peppermint contains menthol, which thins mucus and eases sore throat. It also has inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It should always be used mixed with olive oil, almond oil or even coconut oil.
Baking soda gargle - Most people do salt water gargles, but gargling with baking soda mixed with salt water also provides relief from sore throat. Baking soda water kills bacteria and fungi in the throat. Add 1 cup warm water, 1 /4 teaspoon baking soda and 1 /8 teaspoon salt and gargle with it every three hours.
Fenugreek - this is beneficial for health in many ways and it is available in many forms. You can eat fenugreek seeds, use its oil or you can make fenugreek tea and drink it. Fenugreek tea is a natural remedy for sore throat. According to research, fenugreek has the ability to cure diseases and it can kill the bacteria that cause irritation or inflammation in the throat. Fenugreek is also an effective antifungal. However, pregnant women should avoid the consumption of fenugreek.
Licorice root - Licorice root has been used for a long time in sore throat. A recent research shows that it works more effectively when mixed with gargle water. However, pregnant and breast feeding women should not try this recipe.
Apple cider vinegar - Many natural antibacterial properties are found in apple cider vinegar that fight infection effectively. Being acidic, it pulls out the mucus trapped in the throat and prevents the spread of bacteria. If you are having a sore throat problem, then dissolve 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and gargle with it. Take small sips of this mixture, and repeat the whole process twice in an hour.
Garlic - Natural antibacterial properties are also found in garlic. The allicin found in it has the ability to fight infection. According to studies, eating garlic every day helps in preventing the cold virus. Include garlic in your daily diet. Sucking garlic cloves is also an old recipe to get rid of sore throat. However, brush it after eating it, otherwise bad breath may increase.
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