All of us are have experienced the horrible symptoms of a sore throat at least once in our lifetime.
The scratching, Itching, and burning feelings are not fun at all.
Especially if there are many other tell symptoms of the common cold or the more serious virus.
Let’s face it. Sore throats can make life downright miserable!
However, it does not have to be this way at all.
In case of the common cold, the virus can run its course within 24-48 hours.
This means that you won’t have to run to a doctor every time you come down with a case of the sniffles.
There are some excellent home remedies for a sore throat that can give you that much-needed relief.
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Gargling With Salt Water Can Help Ease The Pain
Gargling with plenty of warm salty water can also help to soothe an itching throat.
The salt will help pull the mucus out of the swollen and inflamed throat tissue, and thereby help relieve your pain and discomfort.
Experts recommend combining between one fourth to half a tablespoons of table salt with approx. one full glass of warm water.
You should stir until the salt crystals are dissolved completely.
You should start gargling before the water gets a chance to cool down. You have to gargle for at least 25 seconds before spitting out the water.
This exercise must be repeated at least 6 times a day for best results. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth to get rid of the salty aftertaste.
Drink Marshmallow Root Infusions
People have been using Marshmallow Root to treat sore throats and other related conditions since the early Middle Ages.
This is because its root also contains a thick gelatin-like substance that is known as mucilage.
It effectively coats and lubricates your throat tissues when you swallow it.
Various lozenges that contain marshmallow root have also been tested on animals and they were found to be quite effective.
Moreover, marshmallow root is a nontoxic substance so you can take even very high dosages without fearing any side effects.
How to Make a Refreshing Marshmallow Root Drink?
You will require the following ingredients:
- A jug of cold water
- Around an ounce (28 grams approx.) of dried marshmallow root
This is what you will have to do:
- First, you should fill a one-liter jug with cold drinking water
- Then you should take your marshmallow root and wrap it up in cheesecloth and tie the whole thing up in a bundle
- Lower the marshmallow root bundle into the jug of water until it is completely submerged
- After that, you should place the tied end of this bundle right over the lip of the jar
- Then place the lid on the jug screw it in place.
- Let the marshmallow steep in overnight, ( at least 8 hours) and then remove it from the water.
- Pour some of this infusion into a glass. Add your desired sweetener of choice. (Honey is ideal for this purpose)
- You should slowly sip the liquid all through the day in order to help reduce the symptoms
Antiseptic Lozenges Might Do The Trick
Most of the commonly available OTC (over the counter) throat lozenges usually contain menthol.
This is an ingredient that can gently and effectively numb the sore tissues in your throat.
They can also give you some temporary relief from the usual pain and burning sensations that are common to most sore throats.
You can even use menthol candies for the same effect.
Both of them significantly increase the production of saliva in your mouth. In the long run, this helps to keep your throat fully lubricated.
However, most cough drops and candy bars will not be able to soothe your sore throat for a long period of time.
At least not as long as an antiseptic and medicated lozenges.
Apart from that, the much-needed relief will also be very temporary, and you will have to eat more candy to get rid of the persistent itch.
You should also to refrain from giving cough drops or lozenges to very small children. Both of them can become a potential choking hazard.
The Healing Powers Of A Few Drops Of Honey
Drinking lukewarm tea after sweetening it with 100% natural honey, can also help to soothe your sore throat to a great extent. Moreover, tea will also keep you well hydrated.
It is a good idea to brew a cup of fresh tea the next time you start feeling that your throat is feeling all ticklish and scratchy.
Apart from regular tea, drinking green tea is also helpful, especially since it serves as an antibacterial and antiseptic pain reliever.
Moreover, it is also a very rich source of antioxidants. This helps to reduce inflammation to a substantial degree.
Honey also has another benefit that comes in handy when you are down with a bad case of the sniffles.
It is a highly effective cough suppressant and it can provide the same level of relief as many over the counter cough medication.
Albeit, without the usual sophomoric effect that is common in most dextromethorphan containing cough tablets and syrups.
Breathe Steam As Much As You Can
There is nothing like steam to reduce swelling and help ease the pain of a sore throat.
You can simply drape a cloth on a pot of steaming water and inhale the steam every few hours.
Additionally, you can also take a nice long and relaxing shower to get a similar effect!
Keep Your Head Raised
If you feel that you have congestion, then propping an extra pillow under your head will help you breathe easier.
This way, there would be no need to sleep with your mouth open and dry out your throat. This can cause it to hurt even more.
These are only a few home sore throat remedies that can help you to get rid of the itching in your throat.
However, should symptoms persist, you should immediately head to the nearest medical center for a thorough checkup.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this article, and we wish you the best of luck with your sore throat!
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