There’s something stuck in my throat and it is making my life miserable!
This is the feeling that many with sore throat experience. Sore throat pain can be unbearable. Apart from pain, difficulty in swallowing, talking, hoarse or muffled voice, persistent cough, sleepless nights, irritation in the throat are other symptoms associated with sore throat.
Sore throat also called as throat pain is either the inflammation of the throat (pharyngitis) or inflammation of the tonsils (tonsillitis).
The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. Other causes include bacterial infections, allergies, stomach acid reflux, etc. Sore throat is directly linked to the inability of the immune system to fight back viruses and bacteria.
To treat sore throat, it is important to strengthen immune system too. There are few natural remedies that are not just sore throat remedies but also help promote the immune system as a whole so it can work to naturally heal the body.
The causes can be many but the treatment should provide immediate relief. If you are dealing with a sore throat, then consider trying the following immune-boosting and relief providing solutions.
- Gargle with warm water mixed with salt
Gargling a salt water solution will help draw out excess fluid in an inflamed throat, decrease the inflammation and ease the pain.
Garlic is a natural remedy against the soreness that has developed in the throat. Garlic has a compound present in it called allicin. It helps in killing the bacteria and also eliminates the germs that cause pain and irritation in the throat. Suck on a garlic and see the unfailing results in treating your sore throat.
- Drink Licorice Root Tea
Drinking licorice root tea can naturally heal and get you relief from the painful soreness in the throat. Licorice root has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the swelling. It also helps in decreasing the irritation caused in the throat due to soreness. Add a few whole cloves and cinnamon chips to make the drink taste better.
- Apple cider vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar has been known to remedy just about everything from sore throat because it provides electrolytes that hydrate and has antibacterial properties. Add apple cider vinegar to warm water and drink to provide relief from sore throat.
- Have a Marshmallow
The sap from a marshmallow plant is used usually in tea to treat cold, coughs and sore throat. The gelatin coating on the marshmallow gives a soothing effect to a sore throat. If the throat is really swollen and it hurts while having something solid, having a marshmallow is the best remedy as it is sweet and slippery and can get down the throat easily.
The thick honey syrup helps in soothing the sore throat. It also possesses antimicrobial properties that help in accelerating the healing process. It helps provide relief in sore throat.
- Try herbal medicine for sore throat
A mix of herbs like tulsi, ginger, pudina, yashtimadhu and bhibitaki put together is a great combination in healing the soreness in the throat. Graggle gargle formulated by Charak Pharma is an unique non-alchoholic, chemical free, herbal combination that provides fast and complete relief from sore throat mainly by exerting anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and biofilm inhibition activity. Zingiber officinale in Graggle gargle exerts analgesic action. It soothes the throat, aids to loosen up the thick mucus and clearing it out. Mentha piperata has antitussive action.
Another Ayurvedic medicine for sore throat that is safe and effective in healing sore throat is Kofol chewable tablets. It contains Yastimadhu, Shunthi, Bhibitaki, Marich, Menthol, and Lavang that relieve throat inflammation, pain and irritation. Marich relieves chest congestion by loosening or removing extra mucus. Shunthi is potent anti-inflammatory agent. Menthol and Kapur give cooling and soothing effect. Lavang reduces cough, foul smell, and breathlessness, stimulates respiratory mucosa causing expectoration. It also relieves from bad breath. In addition, it is 100% sugar-free and can be safely used by diabetics.
A sore throat can be a nuisance, but with these handy remedies in mind, you can go back to eating and drinking comfortably in a few days.