Sore throats are more and more common nowadays, with increased airborne pollution, smoky, dry atmosphere in air-conditioned buildings and so on. The irritation can range from an annoying tickle to a rasping soreness, and may be linked to other infections, where the throat inflammation or pharyngitis, also extends down to the larynx, the voice may be affected.
Home remedies for Sore Throat
Sore Throat Treatment using Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
Use steam inhalations with oils such as Benzoin, Lavender or Thyme. One drop only of essential oil of Lemon on 2.5 ml (1/2 tsp) of honey acts as a powerful local antiseptic, as well as being soothing.
Herbalism - Herbal Home remedies for Sore Throat
If possible, use the following herbs as tinctures for gargling; if unavailable then use cooled infusions.
Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Sage (Salvia officinalis), and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) are all astringent, toning up the membranes, the latter two also being quite antiseptic. For a more powerful effect try using a tincture of Myrrh (Commiphora molmol), together with one or more of the others. If making infusions, add two broken liquorice sticks to give a more soothing effect, or else use Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) leaf in equal amounts with the other herb(s).
Sore Throat treatment using Homeopathy
The choice is wide, depending on the causes and the nature of the symptoms. It is advisable to look at other headings in this section too.
APIS MEL: for a red, swollen, burning throat and difficulty in swallowing anything.
KALI BICH: for sharp pains, relieved by swallowing, although there may also be a feeling of a "frog-in-the-throat" which is not relieved. The throat is especially dry and sore first thing in the mornings, with some sticky mucus.
MERC SOL: for a painful and raw throat, with a lot of watery, possibly unpleasant-smelling saliva.
Naturopathy - Natural Home cures for Sore Throat
For adults and older children the diet can be restricted to fruit juices only for a day or two at most; younger children and infants will be unlikely to cope with this, so simply reduce the dairy foods, and give plenty of fruit juices. If the throat is swollen and feels very hot, try a cold compress around it.
In modern offices the dry air leads to frequent sore throats. Sip liquids often, and try to make the air moister if possible, for example with plants.
Treatment for Sore Throats by Home Remedy
The juice of fresh pomegranates is good to gargle with then to drink. This is good easy home remedy for sore throats.
Lemon and honey taken hot at night will do much to cure a sore Colds, Sneezing and Influenza throat and is one of the best remedies.
Dilute 1 teaspoon in half cup of hot water and drink after gargling. There are a great many complex remedies, particularly from abroad, which use figs a great deal for curing a sore throat.
Mix together 1 teaspoon of cayenne, 2 teaspoons of sea salt, 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 300ml (1/2 pint) of warm water and use to gargle. Vinegar and warm water or salt diluted in warm water are old-fashioned gargles which always work well.