Sore throat can be caused by several factors but acid reflux, viral and bacterial infections are most common. Symptoms include a burning or itchy sensation in the throat. In extreme cases victims may feel pain when swallowing.
Here are readily available natural remedies you can use to soothe a sore throat.
In some cases, a sore throat results from acid reflux that leads to throat irritation. Salt, being basic, brings down the acidity level and helps to calm inflammation.
Salt also helps to draw infections to the surface, making it easier for the body’s defence mechanisms to deal with them.
Dissolve ½ teaspoonful of salt in a cup of warm water (200ml) and stir until the salt crystals dissolve. Gurgle this solution after every one or two hours. Be sure to spit out after gargling.
Ginger, lemon and honey
This mixture has antibacterial properties that will flush bacteria from your through and soothe it. Lemon can also help shrink swollen tissue and create a harsh environment for bacterial and viruses.
To make the solution, mix 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger and 1 teaspoon of honey with ½ cup of hot water and juice from ½ squeezed lemon. Gargle the solution every one or two hours.
Apple cider vinegar
Gargling with a solution of apple cider vinegar coats your throat with an acidic film that is hostile to bacteria or viruses.
Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and gargle after very two hours.
Drinking ice-cold or water, or any other icy liquid, can help numb the pain in your throat and calm the inflammation.
Hot pepper solution
Hot pepper can help dull the pain a sore throat and keep inflammation down. Mix a ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper in hot water and gargle every fifteen minutes.
Avoid acidic food
Foods that spike acid levels in your stomach can exacerbate a sore throat in case you suffer acid-reflux.
Avoid fried foods, carbonated (fizzy) drinks, and citrus foods.
Our immune system tends to be less active when we are tired. Take some time off your usual busy schedule to give your immune system a much require immune boost and enable it deal with the sore throat more effectively.