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Natural Sore Throat Remedies

As seasons start to change, many people begin looking for sore throat remedies that are convenient and more importantly, fast acting. We all know that scratchy feeling in your throat that makes it hard to swallow, hard to eat, and makes you generally a miserable person to be around.

Sore throats are usually caused by viral infections, but can also be due to sinus drainage, smoking, and certain allergic reactions. Regardless of cause, there are some universally applied natural cures and remedies for sore throat symptoms that you may not have considered.

Here is a list of the most common sore throat remedies:

  • Salt water. The most basic of sore throat remedies, simply combine a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle it. You can repeat this several times throughout the day, and it works surprisingly well...

  • Licorice. You can use a real licorice twig or you can brew an organic licorice tea. Licorice in a teacup doesn't sound too appealing to me, but if you're already a fan, then this is your outlet, as it has proven to be very effective in both alleviating pain, as well as helping to expedite healing.

  • Cayenne pepper. Just like the salt remedy, place some pepper in water and gargle. The amounts should be adjusted to suit your tolerance. Try it a few times an hour for at least a day, and it should alleviate some of your pain.

  • Honey is a great tasting natural remedy for your sore throat. By the spoonful is a tasty way to relieve pain, but most choose to place it in their tea. Me, I'll take it by the spoonful!

  • Use lemons. While we don’t suggest sucking a lemon when you have a sore throat, many have been helped by adding it to your tea for soothing relief. You may also have guessed that adding the lemon to your tea in combination with honey is an ideal way to treat your sore throat.

  • Ginger and pineapple both have natural anti-inflammatory ingredients that are know for speeding up the healing of your sore throat symptoms. You can simply eat these straight.

  • Another sore throat remedy is to drink plenty of water. Water keeps your body hydrated and operating at full strength, while also keeping your throat moist and lubricated.

  • A humidifier. Moving away from the healing food cures, you should try a humidifier in your home. Since sore throats are often caused by your throat feeling dry, scratchy, and irritated, it stands to reason that the air you breathe should have enough moisture to avoid further irritation. Particularly in the winter, the air in your home gets dry, which can play havoc on your sinuses and your throat. My recommendation is to attach one to your furnace or heat pump for year-round benefit. Since I have installed mine, I have seen significant improvement.

Sore throats are rarely serious, but there are few maladies that are more irritating and uncomfortable. Generally speaking, these sore throat remedies are very effective, however if your sore throat lasts for two weeks or longer you should obviously see a doctor.

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