Sore throats are a common illness that can happen to people for various reasons. Sometimes they are caused by allergies, the flu, or a cold.
They may also be caused by an infection in your throat and tonsils.
If you have a sore throat and are looking for shockingly-quick and simple sore throat remedies, there are many things you can do to prevent it from getting worse!
Causes of a Sore Throat
Sore throats are caused by many things including, but not limited to, allergies, a cold or the flu.
Allergies can cause sinus pressure and irritation that spreads down into your throat causing inflammation.
A common illness such as the flu or a cold can also cause sore throats when you have coughing fits that irritate the lining of the esophagus, or throat.
Phlegm and mucous from a runny nose can also drip down the back of your nose and into your throat, further irritating your sore throat condition.
Symptoms of a Sore Throat
Some symptoms of a sore throat may include redness, discomfort, or pain when swallowing, as well as redness on or around your tonsils (the large round balls located on either side of your throat when looking into your mouth.
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8 Shockingly-Quick Home Remedies for Sore Throats
If you’re experiencing any of the above sore throat symptoms, there are many natural remedies that can help heal your sore throat at home!
Ginger has been used for centuries for everything from stomach discomfort to soothing a sore throat naturally.
Gingers naturally warming properties help soothe the pain and inflammation, and has been found to have antibacterial properties as well! (Azelan, et al., 2015)
So if your sore throat is caused from bacteria, such as the common cold, ginger will help fight it as well as soothing your throat!
Ginger tea is my go-to natural remedy for a sore throat and can be made by boiling water and adding a bag of organic ginger tea to it to steep for roughly 5 minutes.
Add some raw, organic honey to sweeten, and say, “Ahh” to natural throat soothing!
Gargling or drinking warm salt water is my favorite, and simplest way to soothe a sore throat fast!
Warm water soothes while the salt in the water can draw excess fluid from an inflamed throat, which helps alleviate the pain.
Gargling with warm salt water can also help clear out and loosen thick mucus, which helps remove things like bacteria, allergens, and fungus – Therefore easing sore throat symptoms. (O’Conner, n.d.)
Table salt is NOT recommended for this home remedy, to do a warm salt water gargle, simply heat water to a desirable temperature.
Fill your mouth with the same amount you’d use for mouthwash, and tip your head back while gargling the warm salt water all around the back of your throat.
Repeat as often as needed to ease sore throat symptoms!
Honey can also be used to alleviate the symptoms of a sore throat. (Smith, Charlotte M.D. 2020)
ALWAYS use raw, organic honey when possible, which has many antibacterial properties and can help soothe your throat’s pain.
Try a teaspoon of raw organic honey anytime you’d like to coat your throat with it’s natural soothing benefits!
Also, NEVER give honey to infants under 1 year of age.
Organic chamomile tea can also be used to soothe a sore throat naturally, and has many benefits, including relieving pain from sore throats caused by allergies or the flu.
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to quickly soothe a sore throat.
Try brewing organic chamomile tea in boiling water for roughly five minutes. Add honey to sweeten and enjoy!
Organic marshmallow root has been shown to soothe inflamed tissue in the body, therefore alleviating the pain and discomfort from sore throats caused by allergies, colds or other illness.
To use marshmallow root as a natural remedy for sore throat symptoms:
Combine the dosage suggested by manufacturer of organic marshmallow root with enough water to make a paste-like mixture in your mouth.
Swallow this mixture with as much water as needed until gone. If the sticking to the roof of your mouth is too bad, you can also try this marshmallow alcohol-free herbal tincture mixed with some water.
Lemon contains many natural properties which can help soothe a sore throat. Lemons help with pain relief and assist with breaking up mucus, which often aggravates a sore throat. (Smith, Charlotte M.D. 2020)
Lemons also contain high amounts of vitamin C, which can help strengthen your immune system to fight colds and flus. (Smith, Charlotte M.D. 2020)
Lemon juice can be mixed with honey to balance the sourness of lemon and make it easier to drink.
7. Organic Mint
Mint contains menthol that has strong analgesic (or numbing) properties. This helps with pain relief and can also help soothe a sore throat.
Mint has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for soothing a sore throat!
Organic Mint Tea is another go-to when I’m feeling under the weather, but you can use fresh organic mint leaves too!
If using fresh mint: brew or boil water in a mug with the desired number of fresh leaves for roughly five minutes before drinking adding honey and drinking it warm.
I love this near-magical Menthol, Honey & Bee Propolis Throat Spray that you can take with you wherever you go!
Bee propolis is essentially like glue for bees to seal cracks in their hive, but has some amazing antiviral, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties for humans.
If your allergies are acting up, or your sore throat is due to a dry, cold winter – You’ll love this spray!
Just spray a couple of squirts whenever your dry or sore throat acts up, and get some soothing relief.
However, bee propolis can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals, so use caution if you have never tried it before.
8 Shockingly-Quick Sore Throat Remedies: Synopsis
Sore throats are a pain, literally. These home remedies for sore throat work very well at the first sign of a sore throat, but also can be used to prevent sore throat symptoms as well.
Some other helpful advice to help soothe your sore throat quicker:
– Drink plenty of fluids
– Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin C, zinc and iron
– Eat a diet full of plenty of Organic, Whole-Foods
– Get plenty of rest
Take care of yourself and your physical body! After all, health is your greatest wealth!
All my best!
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References for 8 Shockingly-Quick Sore Throat Remedies
Azelan, N. A., Hasham, R., Awang, M. A., Malek, R. A., Musa, N. F., & Aziz, R. A. (2015). ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF Zingiber officinale AND Zingiber zerumbet ESSENTIAL OILS EXTRACTED BY USING TURBO EXTRACTOR DISTILLATOR (TED). Retrieved 8 23, 2021, from https://jurnalteknologi.utm.my/index.php/jurnalteknologi/article/view/6003
O’Conner, A. (n.d.). The Claim: Gargling with Salt Water Can Ease Cold Symptoms. Retrieved 8 23, 2021, from https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/health/28real.html
Smith, Charlotte M.D. (2020) 6 At-Home Remedies to Ease Your Sore Throat. Retrieved 8 23, 2021, from https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2018/february/sore-throat