How can you treat sore throat at home?
1. Use a Humidifier
When to use: when your throat is dry and itchy
Why it is helpful: A humidifier helps in keeping the surrounding air moist. It is really important to keep the air moist as the heat inside the room as well as the aridness in the air may make your mucous membranes dry.
Useful Tip: You must make sure that the water tank and the filter of the humidifier is clean. Regular cleaning would help in preventing the growth of mold, which can cause more throat problem and may also contribute to lung problems.
2. Take Garlic
When to use: When your throat is itchy or tickles
Why it is helpful: The acrid bulb is known to have immense immunity enhancing effects. It is also antimicrobial and antibacterial in nature. The above stated qualities of garlic helps in healing the body from the infections related to the soreness in the throat. Garlic also helps in fighting the germs that are the reason behind the irritation and the pain. The compound found in garlic known to be responsible for curing sore throat is allicin. Allicin is released when raw or uncooked garlic is chewed, cut and crushed.
Useful tip: It may hard for you to eat garlic raw because of its strong taste. Try microwaving two or three garlic cloves for fifteen seconds to reduce the intensity of the taste, then crush the cloves and spread it on a cracker and eat it. Have it once in a day.
3. Luke warm salt water
When to use: When your throat is sore as well as itchy
Why it is helpful: The warm water is has a soothing effect on the throat and it also helps in killing the bacteria in the throat. The warm salt water can also increase the flow of blood which will carry infection fighting cells in the throat and lungs and boost recovery. Add about one teaspoon of salt to a glassful of warm water and gargle with it two to three times in a day.
Useful Tip: Make sure that the water is warm and not boiling hot. Test the water by taking a small sip to confirm the warmness of water, you don not want to burn your throat.
4. Herbal Tea
When to use: The pain continuously bothers you throughout the day.
Why it is helpful:
The herbal teas such as Goldenseal root and Echinacea contains immunity boosters.
The Liquorice herbal tea is antiviral as well as antibacterial.
The marshmallow herb helps in production of the protective mucous in your throat.
The Eucalyptus herbal tea helps in loosening the mucous and opens as well as soothes the membranes.
The Comfrey herbal tea helps with sore throat as comfrey is a natural analgesic.
The Lavender herbal tea helps in opening up the nasal tracts. It also soothes the muscles and helps in providing relief from headaches.
The Rosehips herbal tea is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
The Juniper berries herbal tea acts as a mild expectorant
The Elecampane herbal tea is also an expectorant, and a good remedy for severe cough or bronchitis, as it soothes cough
The Angelica herbal tea is helpful in curing cough and colds
The Peppermint herbal tea acts as an antibiotic; it also soothes nausea, cures upset stomach, and soothes headaches.