Article by Kristine F.
Viruses, bacteria, allergies – these are just a few of sore throat causes. Sore throat hurts, doesn’t allow you to enjoy food and makes it hard to breathe. It can get worse, so let’s get straight to natural remedies that will soothe and heal your throat!
1. Gargling warm saltwater
Take a cup of warm water, add into it about half a teaspoon of salt, mix and let the salt to dissolve. Saltwater is a well known, old home remedy for sore throat that is often advised by doctors. Gargle warm saltwater few times a day (spitting the water out).
There is a lot in this simple wild herb and many ways to use it. For example, drink plantain tea or add dried plantain to soups and stews. You can even make your own cough and sore throat syrup at home from fresh plantain leaves! Finely chop fresh plantain leaves, add freshly chopped lemon and sugar and cook it all to melt sugar and squeeze the best out of plantain and lemon. Then strain to separate the liquid and you’ve made it: your own sore throat syrup that you can store for about 6 months without worries!
3. Steam inhalations with essential oils
Steam inhalations heal sore throat with moisture and warmth. Bring water to boil, transfer it into a bowl and add a few drops of chosen essential oil, then lean over the bowl, cover your head with a big towel (to make like a wall around the bowl and your head not to let the steam out), keep your eyes closed and slowly, deeply inhale the steam through your mouth and inhale through the nose. It will not just soothe your throat, but also help to get rid of cold and rhinitis. You can repeat this procedure for up to 5 times a day for about 3-5 days. Healing essential oils for sore throat: eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree, chamomile and thyme.
4. Throat massage with essential oils
Some essential oils help to heal sore throat by massaging your throat with them. Do not apply undiluted essential oils on your skin, but add them to carrier oil of your choice, for example, olive, grape-seed, coconut, jojoba or almond oil. Add to the carrier oil a few drops of rosemary, tea tree, thyme, lavender or eucalyptus essential oil and apply it topically on your throat and chest area.
5. Capsicum (Cayenne Pepper)
Massage your chest and throat area with capsicum extract, add dried, grind capsicum in a cup of warm water and gargle it, or add capsicum to any herbal tea to increase the properties of healing herbs and drink it. Capsicum is probably one of the most magical natural remedies when it comes to natural healing.
6. Plenty of liquids
Drink a lot of water, organic juices or herbal teas and eat healthy soups to prevent dehydration. When the throat gets dry it feels more irritated, but liquids help to get out of you all these substances that make you sick. Just make sure you fuel your body with healthy liquids! Include in your menu lemon, blueberry and apple juice, herbal teas like plantain, coltsfoot, chamomile, goldenseal, sage or peppermint tea and ginger root tea.
Add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten water or tea and it will help with its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties soothing your throat.
Remember that it’s time to treat the sore throat already when you feel just some little pain. Don’t wait that it will go away just like that and don’t allow the irritation and pain get deeper into you!
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Kristine F. is a full time writer/ghostwriter from North-Eastern Europe. Living in a climate that allows enjoying all 4 seasons, growing up at the countryside and learning about herbs from her family, Kristine got passion for nature and natural remedies. Now she is living in a city trying to keep the life simple yet meaningful. To share her knowledge about natural remedies, DIY projects and personal discoveries about the power of nature and human brain, she has recently started a new blog: http://mugwortsdreams.blogspot.com/