The sore throat is one of the most annoying, winter related, health issues. A large number of bacteria and viruses can cause a large variety of respiratory infections and most of them start with a sore throat. You can prevent the matter from aggravating itself and also stay away from antibiotics or prescription medicine by using a few simple and affordable sore throat remedies.
In many cases, when the sore throat debuts we are tempted to take anti-inflammatory drugs instead of considering a fast remedy from out kitchen – salt. Sea salt is better for this purpose so consider having some at hand. The specialists advise to dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and use the mixture to gargle a few times a day. The studies proved that this remedy gets rid of the mucus and helps remove the bacteria irritating your throat.
Essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint but also honey are part of the recipe for many cough drops you can get from any food store. These have a numbing and cooling effect and can be a great help for a sore throat because they ease the pain and help you swallow better.
It is a fact that hot fluids make any cold symptom better but you may not know that fluids in general can help heal a sore throat faster. Fluids help moisturizing the mucous membranes helping the body flush the bacteria and irritants culpable for the sore throat. You can always add sources of Vitamin C like lemon juice or orange juice to the water you drink to help your throat heal faster.
You surely know that chicken soup is an old school remedy for common cold but the recent studies also proved that the sodium from the chicken soup can act as an anti-inflammatory in case of a sore throat. It might be painful to swallow but the warmth of the soup will help the decongestion of the throat facilitating the healing process.
This may seem a weird remedy for sore throat but the modern folklore as well as modern studies show that eating marshmallows can help with the pain. The marshmallow plant was used for centuries as an alternative remedy for colds, sore throats and cough but in the case of modern marshmallows the gelatin is the actual responsible for making the sore throat better. The marshmallows melt in contact with the saliva and gelatin coats the throat tissues easing the pain.