Natural remedies for a sore throat can be a freaking godsend! When every swallow you take in an exercise in pain, comparable to the Spanish Inquisition (OK, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration) then all we want is relief … NOW!
If you spend time wondering about the causes of the sore throat, you're wasting time. Instead, decide whether you should use natural remedies for your sore throat treatment or whether you need to go to a doctor.
When You Need A Doc
* If natural remedies don't cure your sore throat pain in 2-4 days
* If you have a fever
Kids, especially, can develop strep throat or even scarlet fever so be alert for these problems.
When Natural Remedies For A Sore Throat Work Just Fine
Most of us have sore throats multiple times throughout our lives. And yes, they're painful and irritating – but no more than that. In this case, natural remedies are inexpensive and have no risks of side effects the way drugs do.
* Make your own version of lemonade by mixing fresh, squeezed lemon juice with water and some sweetener. Even better, drink lemon in hot water because the fruit has citric acid which reduces the swelling in your poor miserable throat.
Note: Real Lemon or other bottled juice won't be nearly as powerful.
* I had my wisdom teeth out and the pain was horrific. The pain sneered at my feeble efforts to shut it down with prescription pain pills. I was shocked when my quite sober mother suggested a drink of whiskey, hot water, lemon juice and honey. Darn if she wasn't right – the pain finally gave up the battle and fled. Come to find out, this is a famous recipe for more than tooth pain. As natural remedies go, sore throat pain flees when this famous tonic appears. Hold it in the back of your throat for at least 15-20 seconds before swallowing.
* Mix 2 Tablespoons of honey in a cup of beet juice and heat the mixture up for a minute or so. Personally, I despise beets and would never drink this stuff but it's a famous folk remedy and maybe you don't detest this ugly red vegetable the way I do.
* Do you know what an infusion is?
"An infusion is the outcome of steeping plants that have desired chemical compounds or flavors in a solvent such as water or oil or alcohol."
Mix lemon herb tea and chamomile tea together, boil water and allow the teas to steep in the water for about three minutes. You can add honey if you wish and drinking this infusion is one of the classical natural remedies for sore throat treatment.
You can also try heating a cup of milk and adding a teaspoon of butter and honey. You can also sprinkle sugar for a better tasting mixture.
* Pouring one cup of boiling water over two teaspoons of dried raspberry leaves and steep them for ten minutes. After straining the mixture allow it to cool and then gargle the mixture.
Herbs & A Sore Throat
* Cut a piece of ginger root, place in a cup, pour boiling water over the root and let it steep for 2-3 minutes. Remove the root piece, add a bit of honey for sweetener, if desired, and sip slowly. This tastes quite nice. Really. And if you wish, you can use powdered ginger but it won't be nearly as potent as the real stuff.
* If you've ever eaten chili – good chili, that is – you've had cumin. Love the taste, personally. Anyhoo … the seeds can ease a sore throat. Simply add a few to 1 cup or boiling water, throw in a garlic clove or two and allow the mixture to simmer for 15-30 minutes on a low heat. Then sip it all during the day because it definitely doesn't store all that well.
* We mentioned an infustion above and an infusion made with 1/4 teaspoon each of cardamom and cinnamon can be made and gargled. This is famous as a treatment for the flu, as well as a sore throat.
* Sometimes you can find raw licorice root in a store or a farmer's market. I detest the taste of licorice but lots of people love it. So if you're one of those weird people (just kidding! :-), suck on the root. The juices will mix with your saliva and soothe your throat.
* Make a natural gargle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and one cup of warm water. Mix thoroughly and make that strange gargling noise.
FYI: turmeric is an Indian spice that has such a strong color that it can dye cloth – like your favorite tablecloth that was handed down from your great-great-great-grandmother and is a coming of age gift to every woman in your family.
* Do you like turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving day? Then you'll like sage, a classic spice/herb for holiday dressing. Simply mix 1 teaspoon of sage in a cup of boiling water. To make it even more potent, strain or (or not) and add 1 teaspoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar. Gargle several times a day, as long as you have your vile throat pain.
The 2 Most Common Natural Remedies For Sore Throat Treatment
* You are certain to have some salt in your kitchen? So bring a cup or so of water to a boil, take it off the stove and add 1-2 Tablespoons of salt. When the salt is dissolved, gargle away. And know that it's more powerful if the water is still warm.
* Many people have Listerine in their bathroom and if you're one of the people who can tolerate its strong taste, gargle away.
Which One of These Natural Remedies For A Sore Throat Will Work For ME?
There is no way to know! Maybe all of them will help ease the misery or perhaps none of them will work. Every body is different. There are only two thing we know for sure: the first is that these experiments are cheap, cheap, cheap. Secondly, none of them can possibly harm you. The worst they can do is … nothing. These natural remedies for a sore throat aren't guaranteed – but neither are drugs, are they?