Sore Throat

The first thing you usually do with a sore throat is head to the grocery store or pharmacy for the newest thing on the market. While medicines do help, they can also have some side effects or after effects that you would rather not deal with if you can help it.

Besides, the answer to your throat pain could be as close as your kitchen. Instead of heading to the car, head to the cabinets and see what you can rustle up.

Let’s say this first. Most sore throats are caused by a virus like when you have a cold or the flu and you develop a painful throat as a consequence. Because it is viral, it is contagious and can be spread. The other thing is that there is no cure. You will usually have to wait it out and treat the symptoms rather than the disease.

Here are some home remedies that can speed the relief for you.

* Gargle – We do it with mouthwash. Now, do it to tackle a sore throat. Add a couple of teaspoons of salt to a glass of warm water and mix well. Gargle and spit as needed until your throat feels better. Repeat several times a day as needed.

* Lemon juice – Lemon juice in water is a more concentrated form of lemon in tea, and the acid can soothe a sore throat.

* Humidifier – Sometimes your throat is sore because there is not enough moisture in the air. Dry tissues can lead to a mild soreness in the morning. Using a cold mist or a warm humidifier can add moisture to the air and soothe your throat. If you want a more concentrated treatment, pour boiling water in a large bowl. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel and inhale the steam through your nose and mouth.

* Hydrogen peroxide – You won’t be drinking it but gargling. Just use a tablespoon of it in warm water and gargle frequently.

For a sore throat that persists for a while, consulting your physician is wise. You may have strep throat or your sore throat could be a part of a larger illness. There is no harm in using these remedies first to see if they work.