Having sore throat can be a huge hassle. It can be so painful that you wouldn’t want to wish it on your worst enemy. And because it can strike anyone anytime, you need to know how to combat it using the most natural means possible. If you want to know how you can get rid of a sore throat fast, here are 10 herbal remedies that are worth remembering.
And the best part is … You won’t have to spend a single cent on sore throat medicine again.
The Salt Water Gargle
Remember when you’re grandmother used to tell you to gargle with salt water whenever you start to get that tickle in your throat? It may seem old fashioned, but it’s one of the fastest sore throat cures there is. It isn’t just an old wives’ tale. There’s actually some science involved in it.
Your throat hurts because the mucus membrane swells up and becomes inflamed. Salt water then soothes your pain by decreasing the swelling. Salt has this quality that draw out water from cells. When salt water comes into contact with your mucus membranes, your cells shrink and the swelling subsides. Talk about a quick remedy that you can easily make yourself, no matter where you are.
The Baking Soda Gargle
Another unlikely ingredient makes the list! Baking soda is often touted as a straightforward way to cleaning up just about anything and everything around your house, but who thought it can also be an effective sore throat remedy? We all know that baking soda has amazing antibacterial properties, but only a few know that it can also soothe and cure a sore throat.
So how do you use baking soda to cure a sore throat exactly? Well, by turning it into a simple gargle. Just heat a bit of water and add half a teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of salt into it. Let it sit for a while until it’s bearably warm and use it as a gargle. Do this 2-3 times a day for three days and your sore throat, and all traces of it, will disappear like magic.
The Hot Toddy
The hot toddy is another senior citizen favourite. This lemon, honey, and alcohol mixture is one of the most effective ways to soothe your throat, and give you a good night’s sleep at the same time. You don’t have to go all out on the alcohol, because unless you want to turn your sick day into an all-out party, a splash of good quality whiskey or bourbon will do.
So how do you prepare a hot toddy? It is pretty simple. Just pour an ounce of alcohol in your favourite mug, add a squeeze of organic honey, and top off with some hot water. Stir the solution well until the honey is melted. Squeeze half a lemon into your mug and stir well. You can also add a couple of slices of lemon for a major boost of vitamin C. Now, you can snuggle up to your mug, have a drink, and wait until your sore throat disappears.
The ACV Solution
Taking a swig of alcohol with your warm drink just isn’t your thing? Then you can always rely on an herbal favourite – Apple Cider Vinegar. While ACV may seem like an unlikely ingredient for your get well drink, it’s one of the most potent ingredients that Mother Nature has in store for you. It’s high acidic content can kill bacteria quick, giving you instant relief.
Plus it’s pretty simple to make. Just mix 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup of warm water and voila! Fast relief! Want to sweeten up the deal? You can always add a tablespoon of honey (or two!) to your drink. Now that should help you get this drink down faster!
The Cayenne Shocker
Love spicy food? If you find yourself constantly battling sore throat, then this might just be the perfect solution for you! Cayenne is one of those unconventional ingredients that can actually make you feel better when you’re feeling under the weather. It may seem counterintuitive, but with cayenne’s capsaicin compound, cayenne might as well be your go to solution for sore throat.
Simply add ½ teaspoon of organic cayenne powder to a mug of boiling water. Stir honey into the mix and you’ve got yourself a sweet spicy drink that will quickly numb the pain of a swollen throat. As effective as this herbal remedy is, make sure that you don’t go overboard on the cayenne. Remember, you want to soothe your throat, not burn it.
The Marshmallow Root Tea
When it comes to sore throat remedies, one of the most common questions out there is: Can you really cure sore throat with a marshmallow? Well, it’s yes AND no. Yes, if you’re talking about the marshmallow root. No, if you’re thinking about that fluffy white goodness we all love to eat on camping trips. Marshmallow root contains mucilage, a compound that helps coat and protect the mucus membranes from infection.
To make a quick sore throat remedy, just add a tablespoon of dried marshmallow root into a mug of hot water. Now cover the mug and let the herbs steep for 30 minutes to an hour. Remember to strain the mixture before drinking. If you’re diabetic, you might want to look at other herbal remedies as marshmallow root is known to lower blood sugar levels fast.
The Licorice Root Tea
Since we’re already on the subject of herbal roots, another root to watch out for is the licorice root. Licorice root is an anti-viral and anti-inflammatory herb that can do wonders on your throat’s infection and swelling. While it’s relatively easy to get a hold of pre-made licorice root tea, you can always make your own if you’re serious about taking the all-natural route.
For those who prefer to make licorice root tea on their own, all you have to do is mix 1 cup of dry licorice root, ½ cup chamomile flowers, ½ cup of cinnamon bark, and 2 tablespoons of whole cloves in a bowl. When all the ingredients are mixed, just add 3 tablespoons of your homemade tea mix in a saucepan with 3 cups of water. Bring the herbal tea to a boil, lower the temperature, and allow the tea to simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure to pour the tea through a strainer before you sip and enjoy.
The Garlic Clove
As repulsive as the idea may seem, sucking on a garlic clove might just be your ticket to good health and a clear throat. Garlic contains a compound called allicin that can instantly kill the type of bacteria that causes strep throat.
Peel a garlic clove and suck on it like you would a cough drop. Once you get more used to the taste, make sure that you crush it with your teeth slowly. This will release all the allicin goodness that will kill bacteria at its tracks.
The Clove Trick
Cloves are a common ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. While not a common ingredient you’ll find in stores, this herb is great to keep around the house for its anaesthetic property. It’s also an effective antibacterial that will quickly kill off infections in your mouth and throat.
So how do you make the most out of cloves exactly? By chewing on them and washing it down with some water. Well, that’s how simple it really is. Just make sure that you don’t swallow the cloves when you’re done because ingestion can lead to a major bout of indigestion.