Remedies to treat a sore throat

November 12, 2012

Remedies to treat a sore throat

Sore throats may be common but they can also be painful and irritating. Most if the time they will clear up of their own accord in a few days but before it does you may need some kind of relief to ease the symptoms. Herbal and natural remedies such as teas, mouth washes and lozenges can be a great way of doing so.

  1. Slippery Elm

Slippery elm, one species of tree from the Elm family, used to be a common treatment for sore throats in North America. The inner bark of the tree contains a gel-like substance that swells when added to water. It is thought that this gel is able to soothe a sore throat and reduce irritation in the throat. It is available in capsule form and is quite often one of the ingredients found in herbal lozenges. It is commonly mixed with elderberry and zinc. It can also be drunk in the form of tea.

  1. Liquorice Root

Liquorice is another ingredient that has been used in natural medicines for years. It is popular due to its anti-inflammatory properties and long been used to treat stomach ulcers, viral infections and allergies. Research is currently being conducted into glycrrhizin, a compound found in liquorice, into its ability to reduce complications that arise through hepatitis C. A study into the effectiveness of using liquorice root gargle to prevent a sore throat after waking up from surgery revealed that those who used the mouth wash were less likely to develop a sore throat and also experienced less coughing. It is also a common ingredient in herbal teas made for a sore throat and tastes naturally quite sweet. Liquorice shouldn’t be used in large quantities as it can cause high blood pressure, low potassium levels and salt and water retention. Pregnant women should avoid it altogether.

  1. Marshmallow Root

This is also found in North America and also has been used for a long time in herbal remedies for a sore throat. It contains mucilage similar to slippery elm, which is able to soothe a sore throat. It is recommended to be taken as a tea and can be made using one tablespoon of dried marshmallow root and adding it to boiling water. Cover it for around an hour and then drain and drink it. Consult a doctor before taking this herd if you are diabetic or pregnant.

  1. Honeysuckle flower

This is a sweet tasting herb and is commonly found in Chinese medicine, particularly for a sore throat. Honeysuckle flower isn’t as easy to come by as some other herbs so it is not sold as availably. It can most often be found in Chinese herbal stores. Again it is recommended to be taken as a tea to soothe a sore throat.

  1. Lemon, cayenne, honey and apple cider vinegar tea

This is an old homemade remedy, which is easy to make and effective at soothing a sore throat and irritating tea. Around 4 cups a day is recommended.

  1. Sage

There has been recent evidence to suggest that a sage throat spray can help to reduce the symptoms of a sore throat but more research really needs to be carried out into the true effectiveness of the herb.

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