If you've got a sore throat but don't fancy a visit to the chemist to stock up on painkillers, the good news is there are lots of natural remedies that you might just have lurking in your kitchen cupboards.
Use salt and baking soda to stop pain
Make a mouth rinse with warm water, half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of baking soda. Stir it well, then gargle with it three times a day for pain relief.
Try honey as a natural throat soother
Honey has long been celebrated for its throat-soothing qualities – plus it’s an active wound healer, so it might even speed up your recovery. Mix it with lemon and warm water, add it as a sweetener to your tea or just swallow a spoonful.
Drink plenty of water to stop a sore throat
Keep your fluids up. Staying hydrated is a good way to boost your immunity as it keeps mucous membranes moist and better able to combat bacteria. Make sure to drink enough water so that your urine is light yellow or clear.
Have a cup of tea to sooth your throat
A sore throat is the perfect excuse for a hot cuppa. Black, green or white tea leaves contain antioxidants that are thought to strengthen your immunity.
Chicken soup has healing properties
Meat-eaters should chow down on a bowl of chicken soup. This comforting dish contains sodium which may have anti-inflammatory properties. Give this recipe a whirl.
Marshmallows can help a sore throat
There’s anecdotal evidence that munching marshmallows may help you feel better. Sap from the marshmallow plant has been used for hundreds of years to treat coughs and throat problems, and the campfire favourites also contain gelatin which can soothe as it goes down.
Drinking vinegar can help with throat pain
Vinegar has high acidity levels which makes it good at killing bacteria. Create a drink with a kick by combining one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of hot water and a tablespoon of honey. Either down it or gargle it if you don’t like the taste.
Eat more garlic to soothe your throat
Chomping on a garlic clove is an old remedy for coughs and throat problems, but it’s not very pleasant. Add some garlic to your dinner instead and you’ll still benefit from its bacteria-killing allicin. The same goes for adding cloves, ginger or cayenne pepper to your recipes.
Licquorice is anti-inflammatory and can help a sore throat
Liquorice root has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling and irritation. While we’re not recommending snacking on Allsorts (although if it makes you feel better – go ahead!) a cup of liquorice tea might help. Find some here.
Avoid dairy if you have a sore throat
If you’re feeling congested, it might be worth avoiding dairy for a short while, as milk can increase your mucus production. On the other hand, a dry or raw-feeling throat might appreciate some warm milk and honey.
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