Getting a sore throat is usually due to bacterial or viral infection, but other causes can be cold weather, irritation, too many cold drinks, smoking, as well as allergies, dry air, or straining your vocal chords.
Viral infections can last several days, while bacterial infections can last longer and develop into more serious complications. These type of infections which cause sore throat are usually cured with antibiotics, which must be prescribed by your doctor.
But for less severe sore throat of the sort caused by cold weather, strain, or allergies, there are a number of holistic home remedies prescribed by traditional medicine.
Home Remedies For Sore Throat
In the beginning stages of sore throat, or chest pains, traditional healers advising keeping two peeled lemon slices in your mouth as close as possible ot the tonsils. When the lemon is soft you can swallow it. Repeat this process again after a half hour.
Take a glass of freshly squeezed beeteroot and pour a teaspoon of crushed garlic in it. Add a glass of boiled and cooled water and let stand for six hours. Mix this concoction every half an hour. Strain and gargle multiple times per day.
3. Raspberry-Leave Tea
Prepare a cup of boiling water, and add some dried raspberry leaves. After 10 minutes strain the tea, and gargle after the tea has cooled from hot to warm. You can also drink the tea if you have a fever to relieve your symptoms.
4. Milk & Honey
If your sore throat is due to irritation, you can soothe the enflamed mucous membranes of the throat by mixing hot (but not boiling) milk with one tablespoon of honey. Dissolve the honey into the milk and drink a little bit at a time slowly. Repeat every so often until your throat feels better.
5. Apple Cider
Apple cider can be used as a natural remedy for a sore throat. When the initial symptoms of sore throat appear, try gargling with undiluted apple vinegar. For prolonged use dilute it with water in a 1: 5 ratio. Do not swallow.
6. A Respiratory Remedy From The Russkis
In Russian folk medicine, horseradish is widely used as a remedy for respiratory disease. Combine one teaspoon of fresh grated horseradish root and one teaspoon of honey into a glass of warm water. Stir well and imbibe slowly.
Turmeric is a powerful remedy for sore throats because it cleans and removes toxins and helps prevent swelling. Combine 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of salt in half a pint of warm water. Gargle 2-3 times in a day to relieve symptoms.