Natural remedies for sore throat
Sore throat is a very common condition and it can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Most sore throats clear themselves in several days without any treatment, but we can use several different natural remedies to ease the pain, such as various teas, throat sprays and lozenges or pills that aren’t antibiotics. Below, you will be able to read about some of the most popular and effective sore throat remedies, that are all natural and can help you a lot with the pain.
One of the first such sore throat remedies worth mentioning is the slippery elm, which is an incredibly popular treatment in North America and has been so for a couple of decades now. Due to its high efficiency, it was included in the United States Pharmacopeia until 1960, although presently it is more of a natural remedy, given by herbalists than by pharmacists. However, its effects are undeniable. The gel-like substance from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree is mixed with water, resulting a hard substance, which can be found as a capsule and also in combination with zinc. Another natural remedy is licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Licorice root is used for its anti-inflammatory properties, in allergies and viral infections. One of the licorice’s compounds, the glycyrrhizin, is used for finding a cure for hepatitis C. This one should not be used very often, as it leads to an increased blood pressure and it sometimes can lower potassium levels. Another fact that needs to be taken in consideration is that it cannot be combined with diuretics or other medicines that reduce potassium levels.
Sore throat remedies can also include marshmallow, which is a herb that grows in various areas of Northern America and Europe and has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. This root contains a mucilage, which soothes the mucus membranes. Herbalists recommend the marshmallow tea, that contains one tablespoon of dried roots for every cup. You must leave the dried roots in water for 30 minutes, before straining. In order to get results fast, you should drink up to three cups a day. However, there are certain things you need to pay attention to when using marshmallow as part of sore throat remedies, as it can be dangerous if you have diabetes, for instance, therefore one should consult a doctor before taking it. Moreover, marshmallow tea should not be taken by pregnant women. Other sore throat remedies include honeysuckle flower, which is a sweet-tasting herb and it’s very common in traditional Chinese medicine. This flower is not as easy to find as the other ones, but you can try in Chinese herbal stores. The most effective method is the honeysuckle flower tea, which must be prepared from the flower itself and not the leaves. One can have as much as four cups every day, for quick results.
As far as sore throat remedies go, there is a mixed tea that has been given good results for many years now. Made of lemon, apple cider vinegar, cayenne and honey, the traditional tea can be taken up to four times a day and has many beneficial effects on one’s throat. The honey used to soothe the cough, combined with the tea, creates a very efficient remedy for sore throat. However, a much quicker way to ease the pain is to use a throat spray. The most common contain sage extract, which is known to alleviate the discomfort. This remedy is very fast and you will be able to feel a relief within two hours after administration. There are some minor side effects, such as throat dryness or even some burning.