Your throat feels dry and scratchy, it is very difficult to swallow and it is just plain uncomfortable. Let’s face it, having a sore throat is not a lot of fun. Luckily there are some ways you can soothe a sore throat simply using products that you already have in the house.
Here are some possible causes and home remedies for a sore throat that will do the trick and get you on your way to feeling better.
Possible Causes of a Sore Throat
*Common viruses experienced with the flu, mononucleosis or even the common cold.
*Breathing through the mouth can produce throat soreness or dryness
*Sinus drainage (such as post nasal drip)
*Bacterial infection (such as in strep throat)
*Sore throat due to taking medications such as antibiotics, chemotherapy or other immune-compromising medications.
*Speaking loudly or yelling for long periods of time
Home Remedies for a Sore Throat
* Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a great ingredient to have in the house for many things and sore throat is one of them. Simply mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with an 8 ounce glass of water and drink. If you would like to make the drink a little sweeter you can also add 1 Tablespoon of honey. Will instantly help to soothe your throat.
* Old Fashioned Warm Milk Home Remedy
Another great throat soother is this warm milk home remedy. There are many who claim this is a miracle worker. You will need the following ingredients:
1 Cup Milk
1 Tbsp. Honey
1. Tbsp. Butter
Heat up the milk with one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of honey added. (You may even add a small sprinkle of sugar if you would like to sweeten it a little further.) Drink it down while it is still hot but be careful not to burn your mouth or tongue. This great home remedy will help coat your throat making it feel better, and the warmth from the milk was also help any swelling go down.
* Gargle with Warm Saltwater
This is another popular home remedy for a sore throat that comes highly recommended by many doctors. Simply dissolve a ½ teaspoon of salt with a ½ cup of warm water. Mix together well and then gargle with it. Repeating this 3 or 4 times a day will not only help reduce inflammation but will also help cut phlegm associated with a cold. Be sure not to swallow too much of the mixture however because of its high sodium content. This should be used for gargling only.
* Gargle With Listerine
Another great gargling solution is Listerine. Simply gargle with Listerine mouthwash 2 or 3 times a day. If your sore throat is associated with a cold or illness however be sure to use a clean cup that you do not share with anyone else in the household.
* Make a Lemon Juice Mixture
Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice along with 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm water and sip.
* Drink a Lime Juice Mixture
If you actually prefer lime to lemons, you can mix one tablespoon of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of honey to warm water and sip.
* Drink Soothing Hot Fluid
Drinking warm liquids can also work wonders in soothing a sore throat. Tea with lemon and honey or even hot lemonade can work like a hot pack on your sore throat.
* Drink More Water
Keeping your throat well lubricated can also help to relieve the soreness. Drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day will not only help relieve the scratchiness, dryness and soreness of a sore throat but can also help to flush out your system of any infection you might have quicker.
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*While this site is dedicated to Home Remedies, there might be a rare occasion where you might need a little help from an outside source. The following are some other products or procedures that you can try if your situation is a little more severe and these home remedies aren’t quite doing the trick.