Winter, your favorite season, is coming soon and you will finally get to wear mittens and knitted sweaters and feel snowflakes fall and melt on your face on Christmas night…What a romantic season! But also such a good time for the flu, colds and sore throats!
You know you’ll need to be well-prepared for colds and do what you can do to avoid them, especially since they bring along some of the worst symptoms including a sore throat and cough.
A sore throat may give you the hoarse voice you’ve always dreamed of, but they will soon take it away completely and give you a muffled voice, make it hard to breathe, and make swallowing your worst nightmare!
A sore throat is painful and may keep you up at night. But, if you treat it at the first sign, you may reduce the chances of a severe sore throat.
#1 – Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar comes on top for a good reason—reasons, actually.
Though we are here to talk about how apple cider vinegar can help with a sore throat, we should mention that it is quite the multitasking liquid; it kills harmful bacteria, relieves you from throat pain, lowers blood sugar levels and cholesterol, improves heart health, reduces belly fat, and helps with weight loss.
Now back to your sore throat! One cup of water mixed with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar will relieve you from throat pain and cleanse it at the same time, as it contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Apple cider vinegar is a fast home remedy for sore throat that can also calm inflammation and swelling.
#2 – Clove tea
Cloves? Yes! These dried flower buds that resemble nails in shape are not just there to flavor your food.
Cloves contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help disinfect your mouth and throat and destroy bacteria. Cloves are also the best natural antioxidant and anesthetic that will soothe your throat pain.
If you feel the first sign of a sore throat, drink warm clove tea. Here is how to make it: Fill a pot with 1 quart of water, take one tablespoon of cloves and grind them, add the powdered cloves to the pot and let it boil for 5-10 minutes. Drink up your spicy, pungent tea!
Clove tea won’t only relieve your sore throat, it can also improve your liver health, ease digestion, and relieve constipation.
#3 – Thyme tea
Thyme is a generous source of vitamin A and C, iron, manganese, fiber, and copper that has been used throughout history to prevent and treat food poisoning. In addition to all that, thyme has proved to be a fast remedy for sore throats and cough.
The next time that you feel the menace of a sore throat, mix thyme and ivy leaves together in a cup, pour boiled water over them and rink up. You can also add peppermint if you want to relieve bronchitis cough and clear your throat.
#4 – Licorice root
This is yet another natural alternative to treat a sore throat. Licorice root has long been used as a treatment for teeth decay, gum disease, sore throat, and colds.
The benefits of licorice root go beyond the health of your respiratory system; it helps with gastrointestinal problems like stomach ulcers and heartburn thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Here is how to use licorice root as a remedy for a sore throat: Add one teaspoon of licorice root to boiled water and let it steep for up to 5 minutes. Afterward, pour the water into a teacup using a fine mesh strainer to remove the licorice root.
Enjoy your licorice tea medicine!
#5 – Honey
You can add honey to any of the aforementioned remedies for a better effect!
Honey is commonly used to treat wounds, soothe mild burns, reduce throat irritation and relieve a bad cough—especially when combined in small amounts with herbs like thyme or cloves—due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Honey is also a popular ingredient in teas which you can mix with the teas you prepare for sore throat. Simply add one tablespoon to warm tea and drink away the pain!
#6 – Coffee with honey or lemon
Mix coffee with lemon with heated water and add honey last before thoroughly gargling the liquid which will calm the throat sore and act as a cough suppressant.
Or, you can drink honey with tea or coffee which help with throat irritation and fight off bacteria, thanks to their antibacterial activity. Coffee, honey, and lemon are surely the wonder trio that will punch away the soreness from your throat!
Make sure to enjoy every sip of your natural remedies and let the bacteria have a taste, too.
Lastly, if you ever get sick of taking chemical medicines for a sore throat, don’t forget this one random article you found online that showed you how herbal medicine can be such a healthy alternative that may heal other health problems while treating your sore throat. Enjoy winter to the fullest!