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9/26/2018 8:58:38 AM

Natural ways to soothen your sore throat

A sore throat refers to pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat. You may have difficulty swallowing food and liquids, and the pain may get worse when you try to swallow. It is a common health issue, but without proper treatment, the uncomfortable symptom may persist, and even lead to more severe problem.

Here are a few tips and tricks to easing a sore throat when you're next suffering.


Gargling in salt water several times a day helps reduce swelling in the throat and losens any mucus helping to flush out your bacteria.

Gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also known to help kill bacteria in the throat. Gargle it to help reduce swelling and keep the throat clean. This should be done every three hours or so.

How to do it: Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water.

If the salt is too much add a small touch of honey. Spit the water out after gargling and do not swallow it.

You can also use salt water to rinse your nasal. Filling your nose with salt water doesn't sound very nice, but it can help.


Garlic  has natural antibacterial properties. It contains allicin, an organosulfer compound known for its ability to fight off infections.

Studies have shown that taking a garlic supplement on a regular basis can help prevent the common cold virus. Adding fresh garlic to your diet is also a way of gaining its antimicrobial properties. Your grandmother might have told you to suck on a clove of garlic to sooth a sore throat. Because garlic has many healing actions, you might try this, though you may want to brush your teeth afterward to protect your teeth from enzymes and improve your breath.


Peppermint is known for its ability to freshen breath. Diluted peppermint oil sprays may also relieve sore throats. Peppermint contains menthol, which helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs. Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which may encourage healing.

Never use essential oils without mixing them with a carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, or softened coconut oil. For peppermint oil, mix five drops of the essential oil with one ounce of the carrier oil of your choice. Never ingest essential oils.

Drink more fluids

Drink plenty of cool or warm fluids, as you need to keep hydrated, but avoid very hot drinks.

To test if you are drinking enough, check your urine. If it's clear or pale that means you are drinking enough. Darker urine means you need to drink more.

Drinking water is important when ill

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Water works, ice cubes, you can also have watered down fruit juice or a broth.

If you're tired of all that water, you can also drink tea.

Herbal tea can give relief, but the black, green or white tea leaves, contain antioxidants that are thought to strengthen immunity and ward off infections.

You can also add a boost of honey. As Mary Poppins said 'it helps the medicine go down'.

We're always told to eat soup but it may actually work (Image: Getty)

Chicken soup

Everyone has been told one time or another, by their mum or gran, to try chicken soup. Does it actually help though?

We're always told to eat soup but it may actually work

We're always told to eat soup but it may actually work (Image: Getty)

It can help ease a sore throat as doctors believe sodium has anti-inflammatory properties, it also feels good and eases your throat.

There's also the added benefit of it nourishing you when you probably don't feel like eating much.


Yes, marshmallows. There's no hard evidence this works, but the sap from the marshmallow plant has been used - normally as a tea - to treat coughs, colds and sore throats. The real marshmallow looks nothing like the sweet treats we are used to, but both could help.

People with diabetes should talk to a doctor before taking marshmallow root. Some animal research shows it may cause a drop in blood sugar level.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many natural antibacterial uses. Numerous studies show its antimicrobial effects in fighting infections. Because of its acidic nature, it can be used to help break down mucus in the throat and stop bacteria from spreading.

If you sense a sore throat coming on, try diluting 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV in one cup of water and gargle with it. Then take a small sip of the mixture, and repeat the whole process one to two times per hour. Make sure to drink lots of water in between the gargling sessions.

There are many different ways of using ACV to treat sore throats, depending on the severity of the illness and also your body’s sensitivity to vinegar. It is best to first consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner..


Honey mixed in tea or taken on its own is a common household remedy for a sore throat. One study found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants. Other researchshows that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may help speed healing for sore throats.

Honey is great when you have a sore throat

A spoonful of honey in your drinks will ease your symptoms. (Image: Getty)

Take more rest

Sleep is your best remedy. If you can stay in bed, and rest up.

Most sore throats are caused by a cough or cold so can be cured by fixing that first./.

  ( VNF )
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