Gargling therapy is one of the most simple ways to kill any bacteria and soothe a violent sore throat. While you feel that popping a throat lozenges might feel like the best option to cut down the uneasiness, trust me there are a lot of simple ways and with the blend of natural remedies you will be feeling a lot better than OTC cough lollipops that come with painkillers and anesthetics that are not entertaining for your body.
Oh by the way, the old salt and warm water remedy…still works and is considered one of the best sore throat soother. You can even add 1 tablespoon of Listerine for killing unwanted germs as long as you don’t swallow it. This solution works like charm in neutralizing the acids and getting rid of any burning sensation thus healing you faster than expected. Make sure to mix a fresh batch of gargle after every use.
- Lemon and water: Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a cup of warm water and gargle it. The astringent juice creates an acidic climate for the bacteria or virus and aid in shrinking the swollen throat tissue.
- Ginger, honey, lemon with water: Take 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger, honey with 1/2 cup of water and juice of half a lemon. Pour the water over the ginger, add lemon juice, honey and gargle. While honey coats the throat, ginger has anti inflammatory and antifungal properties. You know what lemon does, don’t ya?
- Hot sauce and water: How does hot pepper sound for a sore throat? Weird, isn’t it? I know. But the capsicum in hot pepper has the ability to soothe the throat and alleviate any inflammation. Add 5-6 shakes of ground cayenne pepper (or few shakes of hot sauce) in a cup of hot water for optimum relief. Without a doubt it will burn, but if you can handle it try this gargle every 15 minutes.
- Sage and water: Out of the many benefits of Sage is its ability to ease any painful or swollen nasal passage thus helping in proper breathing while also eliminating a sore throat. A traditional home remedy includes 1 tsp sage, 1/2 tsp alum, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3/8 cup vinegar and 1/8 cup of water.
- Turmeric and water: A must-have in every Indian dishes, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and has the ability to fight many health ailments. If you are looking for remedy for sore throat, then take half teaspoons of turmeric and salt and mix with 1 cup of water and gargle away your pain.
- Wheatgrass juice: Quick rinse and spit will prohibit fungi growth and soothen the throat pain. For better benefits, use this chlorophyll rich juice in your mouth for 5-6 minutes for boost the weakened gums and stop any tooth pain.
- Clove tea: Add ground or powdered cloves to water, mix and gargle. This natural remedy has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that heal a sore throat.
- Tomato juice: Get temp relief from sore throat symptoms by gargling a mixture of 1/2 cup of tomato juice and 1/2 cup hot water with 10 drops of hot pepper sauce. The antioxidant properties of lycopene can help in cutting down sore throat conditions.
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Salt: A raw bad cough is terrible feel and can keep you up at night. A bottle of ACV goes great as the germs find it difficult to survive in a hostile atmosphere that you create. Take 1tbsp of ACV, 1 tsp of salt, dissolve in a glass of warm water and gargle several times a day for better relief.
- Goldenseal and water: Use Goldenseal, a potent herb and gargle (one and a half teaspoons of goldenseal with 8 ounces of water) to kill the viruses thus soothing the inflamed throat tissue.
- Echinacea and water: Another herb gifted by Mother Nature, gargling with Echinacea will boost the immune system and delivers the power to beat the infection. Take 2 tsp tincture and add to 1 cup of water. Gargle with this mix thrice a day for best results.
- Licorice water: A 2009 study conducted on patients post operation showed that those who gargled using licorice water less likely developed sore throat post surgery. Get rid of cough inducing phlegm by mixing one teaspoon of licorice syrup or powder of your choice with eight ounces of water.
Originally posted 2013-02-21 00:00:58.