Don't you hate it when you have a sore throat? Tell me about it...
I'm writing this post while sneezing over a box of tissues and slurping on a cup of hot noodles. Apparently, a sore throat is the first sign of a cold, especially if followed by a runny nose and nasty cough. Luckily, I've discovered that there are natural remedies
available that help to soothe a cough and sore throat. Try all six of these natural tricks the next time you get sick with a nasty cough.
1. Saltwater Gargles
Saltwater gargling helps to kill bacteria, eases sore throat pain
, and prevents upper respiratory tract infections
. Try gargling twice a day by dissolving ½tsp of salt in ½cup of warm water.
Dr Jeffery Linder, MD, an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, says: “Staying hydrated is very important, especially when you’re sick and your throat is irritated and inflamed. You should be drinking enough fluid so that your urine color is yellow or clear. This keeps your mucous membranes moist and better able to combat bacteria and irritants like allergens.”
3. Vitamin C
A research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
found that regular intake of vitamin C supplements had a “modest but consistent effect in reducing the duration of common cold symptoms.” So, be sure to include foods high in vitamin C like citrus fruits, red bell peppers, kiwi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, papaya, sweet potatoes and tomatoes in your regular diet.
4. Herbal Remedies
Sipping herbal teas or using their essential oils in a diffuser or hot compress may relieve your cough. Herbs like slippery elm, eucalyptus, peppermint, anise and fennel act as cough suppressants. One study
even found that an echinacea or sage throat spray helped in relieving sore throats among children.
5. Chicken Broth
An age-old remedy, chicken soup made with homemade broth has been used by mothers as a cure for sore throats. Looks like they were spot-on as Dr Linder also says, “The sodium in the broth may actually have anti-inflammatory properties, and it can feel good going down.” So go on, slurp some of that heartwarming broth prepared by your mom!
6. Raw Honey
It has antiviral and antibacterial properties that may help boost your immune system. Raw honey has also been found to relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection in children