7 Natural Sore Throat Remedies That Actually Work!

So you’ve woken up, and oh no, you feel that scratch. That tickle. And then the cough starts! You race to the medicine cabinet. And find the cupboard bare.  No cough syrup or painkillers.  What do you do?  Here’s what to do! use these 7 Natural Sore Throat Remedies That Actually Work.

How much money, over the years, have you spent on medicines, tonics and syrups for those annoying coughs and colds?  Probably a lot.

Today let make some changes!  For finances as well as health! These home remedies are all common household items and are inexpensive!

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Stop Suffering! Start Healing With Natural Sore Throat Remedies.

Having a sore throat is, at certain times of the year, is a very common complaint. However it is also very painful and can come on at any time with surprising speed! 

Usually this annoying affliction is caused by one of two prime suspects.

The most common is due to a bacterial infection (or strep throat). The second is due to a viral infection.

In any case, if you or someone you love is suffering, you probably don’t really care what the underlying issue is. You just want to feel better.

But remember, a sore throat can spread quickly and so you should always assume that it is likely to be contagious. The best action is to begin a course of treatment immediately.

The good news is that there are safe and effective natural remedies we can prepare and use at home.  Even better is they don’t result in antibiotic prescriptions and they don’t have any nasty pharmaceutical side effects.

So let’s get to it.

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7 Natural Remedies For Sore Throat

Here they are.

7 Natural Sore Throat Remedies That Actually Work.

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Natural Sore Throat Remedies

Number 1 – Saline Water

A saline water gargle is one of the best natural remedies for a sore throat. This is a proven and trusted remedy for good reason. It works.

To use the gargle simply add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt to half glass of warm water. Stir to dissolve and gargle with this solution three times a day.

Saline has natural healing properties.  It neutralizes the acidity produced by viruses and bacteria. This acid burns and annoys our throat and is one cause of those scratchy raspy coughs. Saline Gargle will soothe the inflammation, swelling and pain.

Saline water gargle will soothe your throat and you will feel it almost instantly. Remember don’t swallow the saline.

Gargle by swirling the saline around in your mouth and throat. Then spit the liquid in the sink or down the loo! We don’t want additional sodium in the body and it’s pretty nasty tasting!

Make a fresh saline solution each time you want to gargle. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms the need for saline water during periods of sore throat.

Number 2 – Baking Soda Water

Another gargle for sore throats is made with baking soda.

National Cancer Institute studies suggest adding baking soda to the normal saline gargle is more effective.

Combine ¼ tsp baking soda, 1 cup warm water and ¼ tsp of sea salt.

This combination is a winner for killing bacteria and relieving sore throat symptoms.

Baking Soda Gargle prevents further growth of infection-causing organisms. It is recommended you gargle with this solution every three hours.

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Natural Sore Throat Remedies

Number 3 – Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a much used ingredient in home remedies and it is extremely effective as one of our sore throat remedies.

It has an antimicrobial effect. Its acidic nature stops the growth of bacteria and alleviates symptoms when you are suffering with sore throats.

Gargle with 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in 1 cup of warm water.

Sick of gargling? Here’s the answer!

try our ACV Honey Throat Soother.

This is one of my favorite natural remedies.

Combine ¼ cup of ACV and ¼ cup of Honey.  Take one tablespoon every 3 to 4 hours.

Different forms of honey, particularly Manuka honey and Tualang honey, have been researched a great deal recently which has confirmed the excellent antibacterial properties of honey.

Number 4 – Honey, Ginger & Lemon Drink

Add 1 tsp of powdered ginger (alternatively use minced fresh ginger root) and 1 tsp honey to a mug.

Squeeze the juice of a half lemon into it and top up with hot water.

Drink hot (As hot as you can tolerate). The heat and the ingredients antibacterial properties will soothe your throat.

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Turmeric, is an excellent natural anti inflammatory

Number 5. Water and Turmeric – Natural Sore Throat Remedies

Another amazing effective home remedy for sore throat is turmeric powder.

This is because turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Mix 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp sea salt in one cup of warm water.

Use as a gargle.

Number 6 – Use Herbal Healing Cloves

Cloves have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Both help to soothe and heal infection.

Add 2-3 crushed cloves to the honey, ginger and lemon drink, or combine 1/2 tsp powdered cloves in warm water and gargle with it.

Number 7 – Herbal Health With Licorice Root.

Licorice root is one of the best and proven natural sore throat remedies. It is brilliant for eliminating a cough and sore throat. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health also confirms the use of Licorice Root for sore throat.

Mix 1 tsp licorice root syrup in 1/2 cup warm water and gargle with it.

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Grab A Drink and Let’s Discuss Sore Throat Symptoms.

When we discuss sore throats we are referring to:

Any inflammation of the throat and tonsils that causes pain when swallowing.

Healthy Natured

Around 30 percent of people who visit a doctor complain of a sore throat.  That’s a lot of people!

Sore throat symptoms and signs vary depending on the cause.

Sore throat problems commonly include:

  • pain that worsens when swallowing or talking
  • difficulty swallowing
  • a scratchy sensation in the throat
  • sore, swollen glands in the neck or jaw
  • swollen, red tonsils
  • white patches on the tonsils
  • hoarseness

If your sore throat is related to infection, you may develop:

  • fever
  • headache
  • body aches
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • nausea.

If you are usually healthy, a sore throat very rarely has complications or serious after effects. It will usually disappear on its own within a week.

Sore Throat Causes & Risk Factors

There are 2 types of sore throat infection – bacterial and viral.

There are many organisms that cause a sore throat, however most bacterial infections are streptococcus, while most viral infections are rhinovirus.  It is usually pretty difficult to tell the difference between these two types of infection.

Regardless of whether bacterial or viral you will find relief with our natural remedies.

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7 natural sore throat remedies that actually work!

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