Easy to use Sore Throat Home Remedies

November 12, 2012

Easy to use Sore Throat Home Remedies

There can be any number of reasons for sore throats including excessive screaming, smoking, heartburn, viral or bacterial infections to name a few. There are a number of sore throat home remedies that are easy to apply and that really work. Many of the ingredients can be found in you kitchen and/or bathroom and require very little to no preparation. Quite often a home remedy is all you need.

The old stand by is gargling with warm water and salt. The salt helps to reduce inflammation and ease the pain. Take 1 teaspoon of salt and dissolve it in an 8 ounce glass of warm water. This can be done a number of times during the day as needed. Alum is often used for mouth ulcers, throat irritations and eye infections. Alum power is available at your pharmacy. Alum stops the growth of bacteria and cleans the area it is applied to. Mix 2 to 3 granules of alum into 1 cup of water. Gargle with this throughout the day as needed until the sore throat goes away. Coriander seed is also good for eye, skin, and mouth infections. Take 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds and boil them in 1 cup of water. Let the solution cool somewhat and gargle with warm coriander solution 3 to 4 times a day as needed. You’ll want to prevent dehydration so it’s a good idea to take in fluids and particularly fluids that soothe your sore throat. Consider warm/hot fluids such as in soup and herbal teas. Don’t forget the proverbial chicken soup.

If you have a vaporizer or humidifier, now would be the time to use it. Use a warm mist to reduce inflamed passageways. You can also mix Sicks VapoRub in hot water and put that in a bowl. Bend your head over the bowl. Drape a towel over your head that encloses the bowl as well and breath deeply through your mouth and nose. This is a good way to reduce inflammation.

If you have some sore throat lozenges at home, use those. They come in all kinds from herbal types to ones that contain anesthetics in them like Sucrets. Many of them today are sugar free and very flavorful.

Certain liquors can be used and can help put you to sleep. Take a shot of anisette (licorice flavored) and heat it on the stove with 1 teaspoon of sugar and the juice of one fresh lemon. This not only tastes wonderful, it soothes and coats the throat extremely well, and relaxes you so you can fall asleep quickly.

Hot spiced wine can do the trick as well. Try Gluhwein (German). There are many variations on this depending what country you live in but they are all very similar. Take 1 bottle of red wine (doesn’t need to be expensive), 4 ounces of water, 2 ounces of sugar, 1 stick of cinnamon, 3 anis cloves, 1 tablespoon lemon peel and 1 tablespoon orange peel. Boil the sugar and spices in the water and let it steep for at least a half an hour. Strain the water and mix it with the wine. Heat the wine but don’t boil it. Use the orange and lemon peel as garnishes on the top and place a cinnamon stick in each cup. Some people like to add whiskey to the mix and that works well to. This is so pleasant tasting, it’s warm and coats the throat well. Have a cup of this and you will relax and begin to fall asleep.

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