Sore throat is a problem you can treat at home. There are many DIY remedies for it. Learn 7 top most effective and affordable ones of them.
Aching esophagus can be caused by a great number of reasons. So, there is no one treatment that fits them all. Looking for the home remedy for sore throat you should first understand what causes it and then find adequate natural treatment option.
Let us first discover different possible sore throat causes and then get at least seven best remedies for them.
Causes of sore throat
- Bacterial infection
- Viral infection
- Outdoor air pollution
- Dry air
These are the top 5 causes that can lead to aching throat. Some of them you can eliminate, such as dry air. Of course, in Nigeria with hot climate air becomes naturally dry and can cause this health problem. You can purchase a humidifier (home appliance) to mend the air quality in your office or home.
However, if such a purchase is not a possibility, you may use things at hand to cope with the dry air problem. For instance, you may get an open aquarium, which makes air more humid. Or you may use a hand sprinkler and walk about the room time to time using it.
You may also get a damp towel and hang it in the chamber to boost the level of moistness.This is a mechanical solution for the problem. Let us take a glance at certain remedies you can use to treat the sore throat naturally.
Natural remedy for sore throat – 7 top for Nigeria
- Salty wate
At the first glance it may sound like the old wives’ tales, very unprofessional. Still scientists have carried out several researches on the matter of gargling an aching throat with saline solution. They have discovered several interesting and even amazing facts.
First of all, if you gargle the throat with this liquid thrice a day during the high cold or influenza season, you can reduce the odds of catching a cold by 40 percent. Secondly, once you get a cold and aching esophagus, you can lessen your symptoms and avert the infection from going down into bronchus and lungs. How does salty water work and why is it such a good home remedy for aching throat?
It washes away all the things that congest the throat once it gets sore regardless of the cause of the soreness. It could be the allergies, dry air or bacteria – salty water rinses out allergens, moisturizes the throat and washes away bacteria, fungi, etc.So, we can boldly say that this is our number 1 cure for sore throat. Here is how you use it. Add one tea spoon of salt (you may use any kind, but sea salt is preferable, it has iodine in it) to warm water and rinse the esophagus for few seconds with it. Do it three times a day once you got the sore throat or you are exposed to dry and polluted air.
This plant comes from America, where of old its native population used it in medical purposes. It is supposed American Indians resorted to Echinacea to treat over 400 different diseases. Presently scientists have carried out multiple researches to discover its curing potencies.
Those studies proved that the plant holds the power to enhance the immune system of the human organism, activate it and make it more efficient in combating viruses and bacteria. Of course, you know that viral infection cannot be treated with drugs. Your body has good enough protection on its own, but it takes time to activate it and get fully armed. That is why common cold evoked by viruses lasts for about 7 days. Echinacea can haste up that process and help you get well in a shorter span of time. You can buy readymade cures with this plant in the pharmacy.
Or, you may make a decoction or extract out of it. In the first case you boil 300 ml of water and add 1 table spoon of this dried plant in. Keep on boiling it on slow fire for 20 more minutes. Take off the oven and let it chill. If some of the water boiled out, add to make it 300 ml. Second method is making an extract. In this case in the place of water you should use spirit or strong alcohol. Chop the plant and place it in the glass bottle. Add 70% alcohol to cover up the plant just a little. Set it on a shelf for two weeks. Your extract is ready. Now you can take it by 15 drops thrice a day before the meals. So, as you can see, instead of just dealing with the symptoms, Echinacea can help you cure the influenza.
This metal is known for its anti-cold properties. Over a dozen of studies have been carried out to fathom out its effects for cold and sore esophagus. They have shown that zinc, if taken during the first day of cold can reduce the duration of sickness by few days. It can also be applied as nasal drops to cure sore throat and nose congestion.
Plus, taking zinc food health supplement regularly can help children lessen the number of colds and sore throat they get during the year. However, this remedy has certain side effects to deal with. One of them is nausea. It smells and tastes badly, so not all people can handle taking it in. Do not rush to buy zinc nasal remedies. They may lead to complete or partial sense of smell loss.
- Licorice root
Here is another aching throat treatment. It’s natural and organic. This root is one of the sweetest plants on earth. You might have eaten licorice candies, but few people know it is good for curing cough and sore esophagus. The best way to apply it is to make a decoction and rinse the throat. Grab one table spoon of licorice chopped roots and boil it for 10 mins. Let it cool off and sift.
Now you can add 12 table spoons of the decoction to a cup of warm water and gargle your throat three times a day.
- Honey and lemon
This remedy is applicable only for people with no honey allergies. The easiest way to use honey for aching throat is to get a tea spoon of it, put it into your mouth and slowly suck on it.
You may also make a gargle. Add a tea spoon of honey and few drops of lemon juice to a cup of warm water and gargle the throat. You may just add some honey and lemon to your tea.
Only make sure not to add honey to hot and boiling water. When honey is heated it produces poison. So, let the tea cool off a bit and only then add the honey. Besides, it is not a good idea to take boiling hot tea when you have a aching throat.
This plant is widely known for its anti-inflammatory assets. You can easily make your own throat gargle by adding one table spoon of chamomile to a cup of hot liquid.
Let it sit until it cools off. Then add few spoons of your decoction to a cup of warm water and gargle. Or, just make yourself a cup of chamomile tea.
Scientists were able to discover over six hundreds of health advantages of turmeric. One of them its ability to heal the sore throat. How do you make such a tea?
You can use 1 table spoon of turmeric powder for 4 cups of tea. Boil the water, add the powder and leave it on slow fire for 10 mins. Now you may add sugar and lemon and enjoy the tea.
You may also use it to just gargle your throat, if you do not like the taste of it. However, this way you miss out to benefit from all the vitamins of the sip.
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As you see, these seven home remedies for sore throat are affordable. You do not need to spend a fortune for expensive medicine to ease your pain or to help your body fight the cold. Just make sure to stock up some of these plants or ingredients in your kitchen to make them available. Use some of them on regular basis to prevent getting cold in you and your family. Stay healthy!