The dreaded sore throats!

Sore throats can be caused by a number of things such as allergies, dry air, pollution, colds, flu and even illnesses such as chickenpox and measles. These are all viral illnesses and best treated with home remedies as they will not respond to antibiotics.

We do also get sore throats from bacterial infections but these are a very small percentage.

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Simple homemade cures

If your sore throat comes with a fever or swollen tonsils it may be time to seek medical attention but in most cases sore throats can be treated with home remedies which will soothe the pain and irritation.

One of my favourites is to gargle with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt dissolved in a glass of warm water and gargle several times a day.

1. Honey

Has been a home remedy for sore throats for a long time, it can either be taken raw or made into a tea, and beneficial to add ginger and lemon to the tea. Scientific studies have confirmed this natural wonder works.

Honey is also an effective wound healer so it may also help to heal the throat.

home remedies for a sore throat_22. Coconut Oil, lemon juice and honey

The lemon juice boosts your immune system, while both honey and coconut oil contain powerful anti-viral and antimicrobial properties which work together to help relieve and heal your respiratory system.

3. Gargling with warm salt water

This can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also known to help kill bacteria in the throat. My mum always recommended gargling with salt water and your mum may have to – remember mum is always right!

4. Liquorice root

It has long been used to treat sore throats, and recent research shows it is effective when mixed with water to create a gargle solution.

5. Slippery elm

Slippery elm has long been a traditional remedy for sore throat. According to studies, Native Americans took it to relieve coughs and sore throats.

Slippery elm has a mucus-like substance in it and when this is mixed with water, it forms a slick gel that helps to coat and soothe. Use capsules or pour boiling water over powdered bark, stir and drink.

6. How about a comfortable throat and fresh breath at the same time?

Make up a homemade spray with a few drops of peppermint oil which may relieve your sore throat. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre peppermint has menthol, which helps to thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs.

Peppermint also contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which may help encourage healing.

home remedies for a sore throat_37. Silver Shield

Silver Shield is an effective non toxic disinfectant that kills bacteria, it can destroy viruses and prevent them from duplicating themselves while reducing inflammation and promoting wound healing.

It is great for respiratory infections, and has also been shown to help inhibit pain receptors (pain relief), has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps speed up the healing of wounds and reduce scarring.

Try out these various natural remedies, always remember to drink lots of fluids and get lots of rest. These remedies may help you feel better more quickly and save you a trip to the doctor.

If you are looking for more recipes and would like to know where to find the best quality products such as slippery elm and silver shield then connect with me by clicking here, and I will be more than happy to guide you in the right direction or just let me know how you got on with trying these natural remedies, I would love to hear from you.

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