Sore Throat Pain Relief – 15 Home Remedies and Concoctions
Sore throat pain can be debilitating. It can stop you in your tracks and make you extremely uncomfortable! It can be excruciating when you swallow and you’ll do anything to get relief.
The trick is to soothe the burning fire before it gets worse. There are few things that hurt more than an inflamed throat!
Aside from going to the doctor to get costly medications, there are many home remedies that work well for many people. The trick is to find the remedies that you can tolerate and work best for you. Therefore, its good to experiment a little to figure out which methods you should use.
What Causes Sore Throat Pain
A sore throat is simply an inflammation of the pharynx, the tube that goes from the back of your mouth to the top of the esophagus.
Your discomfort may be caused by simple allergies or may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The two most common causes of throat discomfort are post-nasal drip and dry mouth, associated with sleeping with an open mouth resulting from blocked nasal passages.
Bacterial infections can be the result of the streptococcal bacteria and cause strep throat. Along with your throat hurting, you may have other symptoms such as lethargy, fever, aching muscles, and/or swollen glands.
Anytime you get an infection such as strep, you absolutely must take antibiotics to feel better. Remedies for your sore throat may relieve some of the symptoms but ultimately, your throat won’t get better without antibiotics. A throat culture is the only way to tell if you have it. Untreated strep is dangerous and may cause heart or kidney problems. It can also cause rheumatic fever or scarlet fever.
Viral infections on the other hand, are usually caused by a cold or flu virus and should go away in a few days on it’s own. The trick is to alleviate the discomfort. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, and malaise. Sore throat remedies can relieve symptoms and take the sting out.
You must decide if you think you need medical care. If your symptoms don’t improve in a few days or there’s any doubt, make an appointment to see your doctor. You don’t want to risk the dangers that are associated with strep.
If you’re sure you don’t have an infection, there are many ways to alleviate and soothe sore throat pain. The most popular and effective remedies that work the best for most people are listed first to save you time! They can be a real life-saver when you experience sore throat pain.
Sore Throat Pain Remedies and Concoctions
Sucking on marshmallows can ease throat soreness and calm a dry cough. Sounds sweet!
Cayenne Pepper – Even though cayenne is hot, it has a calming effect on respiratory system congestion and on sore muscles.
Mix a small amount (pinch) of cayenne pepper into hot tea with the juice of half a lemon. Sip on the mixture up to three times daily.
If you have problems with hot spices, start out with small amounts of cayenne (1/8 teaspoon) and work up to adding more (1 teaspoon) incrementally. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
You can also add a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper to water based soups, chicken broth, tea with honey, or even just plain hot water.
Tabasco sauce – If you don’t have cayenne pepper at home, you can use Tabasco sauce in much the same way.
Mix a few drops with warm water for gargling or add a small amount to warm water with honey and sip. If you are sure you can tolerate the heat, you can also try a shot or two of Tabasco throughout the day.
Chicken Soup - Whether it's store bought or you make your own, the combination of chicken stock, salt, and hot/warm water can be extremely pacifying for dry coughs and sore throat pain.
Hydrogen peroxide – This can be used in a wide variety of ways. Most OTC peroxides sold in the US are a 3 percent solution. If you have a stronger peroxide (6%), you must dilute it!
The preferred method is to mix a small amount of peroxide with equal parts of water 1:1 and gargle well. Spit the solution out in the sink after gargling. Try not to swallow the solution.
If you have pus in the back of your throat, dip a Q-tip in diluted hydrogen peroxide solution and apply to the back of your throat. You may gag so be careful. If you repeat this method, use a clean Q-tip each time. Immediately spit any leftovers into the sink. Repeat as necessary.
Alternately, if your sore throat pain is mild or on one side only, try using a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (straight) into your ears before bedtime. Do one ear at a time and turn your head to the side. Allow the peroxide to fizzle (you’ll hear crackling sounds) on each side before lifting up your head and draining.
Apple Cider Vinegar – It’s simply amazing how many remedies call for using this simple product. I hope you have some on hand at home! Do remember that not all ACV is the same. The cheaper brands have been distilled and are not THE REAL THING.
Mix 8 ounces of hot water with a dollop of honey and around 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Sip slowly but drink it down before it gets cold. You can safely drink this mixture several times a day.
Alternately, you can gargle with a solution of a half cup of ACV, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of warm water. Allow the salt to completely dissolve and gargle at regular intervals.
Salt Water – Gargling with warm salt waters has been through a testament of time. It’s the simplest solution you can find to treat sore throat pain.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of very warm water. Allow the salt to thoroughly dissolve and gargle whenever you like. Salt helps to dissolve excess mucus and helps reduce inflammation.
Hot lemonade with pepper – This sore throat pain remedy was given to me by my adopted mother who's from Scotland. According to her, its been used in Scotland to cure sore throat pain for centuries.
Mix the juice of half a lemon with one cup of water. Heat in the microwave until hot. Add a few sprinkles of regular black pepper or cayenne pepper, and sip until gone.
Garlic and Ginger – Both of these curative roots are known for their healing powers and are used in this concoction.
Combine 2 cups of hot water with 1 Tablespoon of grated fresh ginger (or ground ginger), 2 cloves garlic (crushed and chopped), 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric, the juice of one whole lemon, and 1 – 2 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar. Mix well and sip.
Honey Lemon Tea – Mix one tablespoon of honey, (preferably organic Manuka honey), the juice and pulp of half a lemon, with your favorite tea. Steep the tea bag until desired strength, stir, and sip. You can add other ingredients such as cayenne, Echinacea, or Tabasco if you like.
Black Pepper – Celtic sea salt and black pepper both help to relieve congestion. Black pepper helps to loosen thickened mucus and salt helps dry it up. Apple cider vinegar helps kill germs.
Mix 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. Gargle until you have about half left. Set to the side and gargle again as needed.
Cloves – Cloves are well known for their numbing effects and help to soothe sore throat pain. They may not cure a sore throat but can reduce the symptoms.
Hold a few cloves in your mouth and gently bite into them to help release the oils. Be careful not to swallow or inhale them. If you need to cough, take them out of your mouth immediately.
Alternately, you can make your own clove tea by adding a few whole cloves (or clove oil) to some hot water and allowing it to seep.
Horseradish - Pungent and potent, horseradish has long been used to help clear sinuses.
Add 1 Tablespoon horseradish root (ground and fresh), 1 Tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, into one cup of hot water. Drink slowly.
Analgesic – Sometimes, all you need is to reduce inflammation which can be accomplished by taking an analgesic. Aspirin can be used to relieve sore throat pain in a couple of different ways.
Take aspirin as recommended by the manufacturer, chew on an aspirin or dissolve it between your teeth. If you can, try and bathe it in the back of your throat once its mixed well with saliva. You can also crush an aspirin and mix with a small amount of water and use it as a gargle.
Ibuprofen and acetaminophen may also relieve symptoms of sore throat pain.
Chloraseptic spray or lozenges can also be used to numb the throat. Follow manufacturer's direction for use.
You can tailor any of the above remedies or concoctions according to your preferences. It never ceases to amaze me how much better home remedies work than pharmaceutical drugs. Most of the time, you can get sore throat pain relief almost instantly. The trick is figuring out which remedy works best for you!
Did you know - George Washington died from either tonsillitis or acute epiglottitis, (suspected to be a result from a strep throat infection), which in return caused pneumonia and death!
Small children should never be given remedies unless they're suggested by their physician. These remedies are most suitable for responsible adults only.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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