Sore throats are a real pain in many a way. Mainly because it happens at the worst times when you really need your voice. The more you try to speak the more pain you feel. Then there's the issue of your voice sounding hoarse as well.
Sore throat remedies can be used to help you overcome the pain and annoyance of a sore throat. In an hour, you could be feeling a lot better with some of the natural remedies listed.
1. Steam therapy
Steam therapy is a natural remedy that helps with decongestion. Often when your throat is sore, it's a result of some type of infection. Any infection can affect your sinuses and leave you with a blocked or runny nose. It causes your breathing to be affected and eventually leads to a sore throat.
To use steam therapy, just pour some boiling water into a bowl, lower your head over the bowl and place a towel over your head. This will direct the steam towards your nose and mouth, so you can inhale it.
The moisture from the steam will help reduce any inflammation around your Larynx and help to soothe a sore throat.
Tip: For improved results add a couple of drops of lavender oil to the water. This essential oil has anti-inflammatory agents as well as bactericides to help kill off any bacterial infections that cause your throat to be sore.
NOTE: Steam therapy is not suitable for people with asthma or other conditions that affect your breathing.
2. Green Tea
Green tea is a natural drink and due to it being warm, it's also great for soothing your throat. It's handy to pour yourself a cup of green tea before or to drink with your dinner. When your throat's sore, the thought of eating can be a nightmare as you know it's going to be painful swallowing foods. The warm liquid with natural anti-bacterial properties help to fight infection.
Tip: Pour some luke warm water into a glass and add some salt. Use that for gargling to help clear your throat. Then drink green tea afterwards to get rid of the salty taste. This will give you double the benefits of anti-bacterial agents working together to fight the infection that is causing your sore throat.
This one is pretty disgusting if you don't like the sour taste of lemons or lime. It's the citrus in the lemon that goes to work straight away to soothe your throat. Well not straight away as in within seconds. It hurts your throat more at first and that's how you know the citrus is working. After doing that for as long as you can, the pain will start to subside. When the pain does ease off, use an antiseptic mothwash like Listerine and gargle that around your throat about 3 times a day and that will keep your throat from becoming as sore as it is or was.
As sore throats are the result of swelling around the pharynx and/or larynx, you should use anti-inflammatory foods to help reduce inflammation. by Robert B Bowman