What Causes a Sore Throat?
A sore throat is painful swelling or irritation in the throat that can be caused by a number of different things. Sore throats are often triggered by the common cold or a viral infection; however, laryngitis, mono, mumps, the flu and bacterial infections such as strep throat can also cause a sore throat. Other possible causes include infection or inflammation of the tonsils, irritation due to environmental factors such as smoke and allergies.
Whatever the cause when a sore throat arises most are eager for some fast relief. In today’s chemical filled world it is better and usually quicker to give the body what it needs naturally.
Over the last 28 years of practice I have been asked dozens of times each year about how to quickly remedy a sore throat. There are many natural and effective remedies. However, as I have mentioned in other articles the effectiveness of herbs will vary greatly depending on the growing and harvesting techniques, source and handling during manufacturing as well as storage. In this article I will include many herbs and remedies. However, I have placed what I have seen to be as very effective and readily available remedies in the first three on the list.
This common household item is a favorite among many quickly curing a sore throat. Sore throats are particularly common during winter and cold weather, but a sore throat can appear any time of the year. Whenever a sore throat strikes, people want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Learn about the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide to cure your sore throat.
Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful germ fighting agent. When you use it to gargle, it kills off germs in the throat and the mouth that are causing the irritation. Likewise, hydrogen peroxide helps to eliminate inflammation, relieving pain.
Use and Safety
- First, you have to create a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide (brown bottle from the pharmacy) with 4 tablespoons of water. Some people use mouthwash instead to disguise the taste.
- Use this solution to gargle several times a day.
As with any remedy, you must take care when using hydrogen peroxide as a treatment option. Be sure to dilute the hydrogen peroxide, and do not swallow even the diluted solution. You may want to cleanse the mouth with several gargles of fresh water following treatment as well.
Treating a sore throat can be difficult; however, with this natural remedy, you can treat your ailment safely, naturally, and quickly. Give this natural remedy a try, and let us know how it works for you.
Fresh pineapple will certainly be the best. Cut into slices including the core and puree. This is not only tasty but very effective.
Bromelain, an enzyme that pineapple is rich in, has anti-inflammatory properties that combat infection and destroy bacteria. It also helps in decreasing the irritation at the back of your tongue and in your voice box. It helps in soothing airways that are irritated. This powerful enzyme is so beneficial that it has even been approved as a supplement to treat swelling of the nose and sinuses and inflammation caused by surgery or injury.
Pineapple also has antiviral and antibacterial properties. When they work together, they are effective in soothing a cough by calming the airways in your respiratory system. This fruit is also an excellent source of Vitamin C that helps in boosting your immune system. When your immune system is strong, it keeps away cough and cold as well as a wide range of other diseases and ailments.
Pineapple juice is highly effective in helping the body expel mucous and providing relief for sore throat. Thick mucous that stubbornly stick to your sinuses or lungs can cause painful infections as well as endless coughing and sneezing spasms. In a recent study, it was found that fresh pineapple juice mixed with pepper, honey and salt given to tuberculosis patients every day helped in dissolving the mucus in their lungs. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4009199/)
Subsequent research showed that raw extracts from this delicious tropical fruit could reduce mucous five times faster when compared to over-the-counter cough syrups. It was also found that patients recovered 4.8 times faster and they experienced a reduction in all symptoms that come with coughing including hacking
Although, pureed pineapple is the best one may use pineapple juice as well. In addition I have included a recipe for a sore throat remedy including pineapple juice which is very effective.
As you have learned, pineapple juice is a wonderfully effective natural remedy for cough and sore throat. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3271691/)
You can make this remedy at home with a few simple ingredients. All you need is:
- Fresh pineapple juice – 1 cup
- Fresh lemon juice – ¼ cup
- Ginger – 1 3-inch piece
- Raw honey – 1 tablespoon
- Cayenne pepper – ½ teaspoon
Once you have all the ingredients, combine them all together and blend well. Take ¼ cup of the mixture 2 to 3 times a day. Continue drinking it until your sore throat is gone. Always make sure that you use fresh pineapple juice and not canned products. Processed pineapple juice does not contain bromelain and its nutrient content is significantly lowered during the manufacturing process. They are also typically packed with sugar and other unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4258310/)
If you have a sore throat, forget about cough syrups, throat sprays and lozenges. Just make yourself some fresh pineapple juice to gain relief and alleviate the pain. Pineapple juice, as well as the fruit, is a great remedy for this problem as it tastes better than syrups and sprays and does not contain aspartame like so many lozenges do. Since it is all natural, you gain many other health benefits as well, including relief from constipation, indigestion, arthritis, etc.
The next time your throat starts to hurt, eat some fresh pineapple or drink its juice. You will feel better in no time as this natural remedy actually works. There is scientific evidence to prove it!
Tahini is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds. Although, little in the literature about Tahini it is my feeling that along with a coating effect some of the other properties have to do with the way it is prepared. One popular Tahini-based sauce common in Middle Eastern restaurants as a side dish or as a garnish, usually including lemon juice, salt and garlic, and thinned with water. What we do know about it is a rich store of calcium, zinc and fiber. Tahini also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15, all of which play an essential part in the running of the body. They support our metabolism, enhance immune and nervous system function, and—my favorite—help to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
Other natural remedies and herbs
Manuka honey is used as a natural ointment for wounds of all kinds. It has been hailed as a go-to germ fighter in an age of resistance to conventional antibiotics. Proponents also claim that Manuka honey can treat other conditions from acne to sinus issues.
Manuka honey hasn’t been used very long as a traditional remedy. It’s the product of the New Zealand scrub plant that gives it its name. European honey bees introduced it to the area in the early 19th century. When bees pollinate from this plant, their honey is more potent than standard honey bee honey. This is because it has a higher concentration of methylglyoxal (MGO).
When it comes to superfoods, raw honey is associated with health benefits. Manuka isn’t a raw honey, but it is specialized. It’s antibacterial and bacterial resistant. This means that bacteria shouldn’t be able to build up a tolerance to its antibacterial effects.
Manuka honey is said to be effective for treating everything from a sore throat to clearing up blemishes on your skin.
Gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also known to help kill bacteria in the throat. Make a saltwater solution with a half-teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. Gargle it to help reduce swelling and keep the throat clean. This should be done every three hours or so.
Chamomile tea is naturally soothing. It has long been used for medicinal purposes, like soothing a sore throat. It’s often used for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties.
Some study reviews have shown that inhaling chamomile steam can help relieve symptoms of a cold, including a sore throat. Drinking chamomile tea can offer the same benefit. It can also stimulate the immune system to help your body fight off the infection that caused your sore throat in the first place.
Peppermint is known for its ability to freshen breath. Diluted peppermint oil sprays may also relieve sore throats. Peppermint contains menthol, which helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs. Peppermint also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which may encourage healing.
Never use essential oils without mixing them with a carrier oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, or softened coconut oil. For peppermint oil, mix five drops of the essential oil with one ounce of the carrier oil of your choice. Never ingest essential oils.
Fenugreek has many health benefits. It also has many forms. You can eat fenugreek seeds, use the topical oil, or drink fenugreek tea. Fenugreek tea is a natural remedy for sore throats.
Research demonstrates the healing powers of fenugreek. It can relieve pain and kill bacteria that cause irritation or inflammation. Fenugreek is also an effective antifungal.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health suggests that pregnant women avoid fenugreek.
Marshmallow root contains a mucus-like substance that coats and soothes a sore throat. Simply add some of the dried root to a cup of boiling water to make tea. Sipping the tea two to three times a day may help ease throat pain.
People with diabetes should talk to a doctor before taking marshmallow root. Some animal research shows it may cause a drop in blood sugar level.
Licorice root has long been used to treat sore throats. Recent research shows it’s effective when mixed with water to create a solution for gargling. However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid this remedy, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Like marshmallow root, slippery elm has a mucus-like substance in it. When mixed with water, it forms a slick gel that coats and soothes the throat. To use, pour boiling water over powdered bark, stir, and drink. You may also find that slippery elm lozenges help.
Slippery elm is a traditional remedy for sore throat. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it may decrease the absorption of some medication if you are taking any.
Garlic also has natural antibacterial properties. It contains allicin, an organosulfer compound known for its ability to fight off infections.
Studies have shown that taking a garlic supplement on a regular basis can help prevent the common cold virus. Adding fresh garlic to your diet is the best way of gaining its antimicrobial properties. Your grandmother might have told you to suck on a clove of garlic to sooth a sore throat. Because garlic has many healing actions, you might try this, though you may want to brush your teeth afterward to protect your teeth from enzymes and improve your breath.
Cayenne Pepper or Hot Sauce
Often used as a pain reliever, cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a natural compound known for blocking pain receptors.
Although not scientifically proven, ingesting cayenne mixed with warm water and honey can help with pain relief for sore throats. Remember that an initial burning sensation is common. Cayenne should not be taken if you have open sores in your mouth. Start with just a few drops of hot sauce or a light sprinkle of cayenne, as both can be very hot.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many natural antibacterial uses. Numerous studies show its antimicrobial effects in fighting infections. Because of its acidic nature, it can be used to help break down mucus in the throat and stop bacteria from spreading.
If you sense a sore throat coming on, try diluting 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV in one cup of water and gargle with it. Then take a small sip of the mixture, and repeat the whole process one to two times per hour. Make sure to drink lots of water in between the gargling sessions.
There are many different ways of using ACV to treat sore throats, depending on the severity of the illness and also your body’s sensitivity to vinegar. It is best to first consult your healthcare practitioner.
Sore throat remedies for infants and young children
Sore throats in infants and young children definitely aren’t fun, but the good news is that they’re rarely the sign of a medical emergency on their own. Still, treating sore throats may be different for infants and children. Here are a few tips and remedies:
- Add cool mist or a humidifier to your child’s room. Moisture in the air can help relieve pain from a sore throat. Particularly when central heating is used which dries the air.
- Keep children hydrated by encouraging them to drink as much as possible. Avoid juices or popsicles with lots of citrus.
- Children under 5 years should not be given hard candy cough drops or anything else that might pose a choking risk. Use caution when giving cough drops to children under 10 years.
- Don’t give honey to children who are younger than 1 year.
Grandma was right on this one! It’s warm and helps moisten the throat. Just like drinking hot tea, hot soup can be soothing on a sore throat and can help thin sinus mucus. It also helps keep you hydrated (but stick with low sodium soups) and according to a study in the Chest Journal, it may even contain anti-inflammatory substances that could help reduce cold symptoms. If you make it with celery, carrots, onions, a little potato and garlic this will certainly help feed the body along with many good nutrients to fight infection.
For more complete healing . . .
Keep in mind that the nervous system is the control system of the body. Getting run down along with stress can put a strain on your immune system. Your family chiropractor can help keep your body in top shape. Keeping the spine working well will enhance the function of the nerve system.
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