July 12, 2017 4 min read
Ever been struck down with a sore throat that really knocks you about? It’s not fun and sometimes it means that you can’t enjoy eating and that’s just upsetting! If you’re trying to avoid medications and ease the pain naturally, these are the best methods we have found to soothe a sore throat naturally. We’ve found that the pain is usually gone within 1-2 days so you can continue enjoying life as normal without having to survive on a diet of fruit and liquids when it’s too painful to eat anything else! Obviously if the pain is not going away or it feels like more than just a sore throat, you should seek medical attention.
Manuka honey has incredible healing capabilities and is thought to have the most antibacterial properties of all honeys. It is sold in pharmacies as a medicinal honey for many uses from healing sore throats, to healing wounds and cuts. Most honey contains hydrogen peroxide which gives honey it’s antibacterial qualities. Manuka honey also contains high concentrations of methylglyoxal (MG) which is thought to give Manuka honey the stronger antibacterial power compared to other honeys. When purchasing Manuka honey, keep an eye out for a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) rating of 10 or more. This is the worldwide standard to measure the antibacterial strength of the Manuka honey. Some Manuka honey may not contain the same levels of antibacterial properties and may not be considered strong enough to be therapeutic. What you need:
This seriously works wonders if you can get a good quality Manuka honey. It is pricey to purchase with a UMF rating, however you only use a small amount, just make sure you keep it somewhere away from the rest of your condiments so it isn’t accidentally used to make honey toast!
It’s not a remedy that has been used for hundreds of years by mistake, the salt helps to draw fluid away from inflamed areas of your throat which eases pain. It also loosens any mucus around your throat and can wash away bacteria lingering around your throat and tonsils. Adding Bi-carbonate soda can also help to ease the pain of a sore throat because it can act to balance acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and help to maintain the pH of your throat. This can make your throat less hospitable to some nasty bacteria. What you need:
Echinacea is a herb that is believed to stimulate the immune system and reduce the symptoms of cold and flu. Research into the topic has produced conflicting results. Personally, we swear by the stuff. We have found that if you are starting to get an inkling of a cold, sore throat or runny nose… a dose of echinacea can fix you right up so that you are back to normal by the next day. Echinacea is available as a dried herb, liquid extract, tea or in pill form. It’s up to you how you would prefer to take it as some people can’t stand the taste of it. What you will need:
It is really important when you have a sore throat to stay hydrated to help fight the bacteria and other cold symptoms, it also keeps your throat moist which will ease your pain. Having a warm drink can really help to soothe that pain and keep you hydrated. Out of all of our remedies listed, this is one of the best to instantly soothe a sore throat so you can get on with your day. Skip the coffee and other milky drinks for the day and instead drink a warm, soothing lemon and honey drink. The lemon works as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent to heal your throat and it is also a rich source of Vitamin C which can help to boost your immune system. Honey also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which can fight bacteria and infection. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce swelling and pain. The lemon and honey drink works to soothe pain almost instantly and it tastes delicious which always helps!
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These 4 natural remedies should help to reduce the pain and eventually get rid of your sore throat. If pain persists and you are not getting any better please seek medical attention to ensure there is not something more serious going on. Let us know in the comments if you have any other natural remedies that you love! Stay healthy!
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