It is that time of the year when dry air hits, colds, and flu become common and everyone lines their bedside tables with neon colored syrups, menthol lollies, clearing airway sprays and aspirins. If you have a scratchy throat and a dry patchy mouth this is it.
According to Mayo Clinic,
“A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.”
Acute throat infections are among the most common infectious diseases. Viruses cause 85% to 95% of throat infections in adults and children younger than 5 years of age; for those aged 5 to 15 years, viruses cause about 70% of throat infections, with the other 30% due to bacterial infections.
But how does a throat get sore in the first place? What is the best cure? How can it be treated at home? How to get rid of a sore throat instantaneously and naturally? Well, here are all the facts laid down for you, keep reading.
Honey is a miraculous element gifted by Mother Nature that is capable of curing numerous ailments among which a cough and sore throat top the list.
Pharyngitis is caused due to the inflamed mucous membrane that lines the pharynx.
This inflammation can be caused due to various factors that include viral and bacterial infections, sinus, dehydration, an overdose of antibiotics, smoking, certain allergies, pollution, pollen, stressed throat by being overused etc.
For many years, honey has been used to cure a sore throat and tonsils. It has been used commonly by Greeks, Italians, and Hungarians for coughs, sore throats, and bronchial infections. Honey is the main ingredient you will require for remedies used in curing a sore throat this is why:
- It possesses antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties which help get rid of viral infections.
- Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and inflamed glands by soothing irritation.
- There is an enzyme present in honey named ‘glucose-oxidase’ which works as a defense against infections.
- It works as a tonic by draining water from the swollen tissue and mucous membrane to reduce inflammation.
- It escalates the healing process.
Ever wondered how Opera singers keep up with all the undergone screaming and stress on their
throats? I believe a shattered glass is not just a result of a few musical notes.
Opera singers have to constantly look after their throat region by organic methods, supplements, hydration, and inhalation. Paulo Szot an opera singer says,
“The chamomile helps with inflammation and calms your nerves, and the ginger is a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial agent, I was told,” he said, “before and during every performance I must have it.”
A sore throat is a common illness suffered by each and every one during their lifetime. It is easily cured at home so you don’t need to make an appointment with an ENT. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and paracetamol only relieve temporarily.
Just keep honey at home and use it in multiple ways for its medicinal properties to get rid of a sore throat. We have put together some remedies that you can follow at home.
- Use Honey Alone
Take just honey in a cup of warm water or herbal tea and it will alone be enough to eradicate soreness. Consume it in this way several times a day and get instant relief with each sip.
- Honey in Milk
Milk itself has healing and moisturizing properties so it will speed up the healing process when taken in combination with honey. Lukewarm milk and dissolve two tablespoons of honey in it. Take this beverage before going to the bed to soothe the throat while asleep. Just make sure not to add honey in piping hot liquid as it breaks down all its nutrients.
- Honey in spiced tea
Take a cinnamon stick, ginger, clove and cardamom to boiling water. Then add a tablespoon of honey in it and sprinkle black pepper on. You can consume it as a tea and gargle with it as well after straining the liquid out.
- Honey with lemon and turmeric
Turmeric is a natural antibiotic that kills bacteria and relieves pain while lemon is an astringent that shrinks inflamed tissue. Combine turmeric powder with honey and form a paste. Several this mixture several times a day to soothe a sore throat.
- Honey, lemon, and ginger
Another way to use honey is to combine it with lemon and ginger. the citric acid of the lemon helps to heal a sore throat. Ginger becomes the expectorant which makes the mucus expelled from the throat and clears the throat. Honey, makes the taste of this combination of sweet and assists in bacterial removal.
You would need a warm cup of water. Add some drops of lemon juice and small chunks of sliced ginger in it. Mix it well and add a tablespoon of honey to it. Add salt as per your taste. Let it steep for a few minutes and the mixture is ready. Use it twice a day for best results.
- Honey and turmeric
Everyone knows the medicinal benefits of turmeric. It has the natural antiseptic properties and is also an antibacterial agent which has been used to treat bacterial infections for centuries. Turmeric helps to reduce the inflammation internally. For a sore throat, the combination of honey and turmeric is very effective.
You need one tablespoon of turmeric to 3-4 cups of water. Place this mixture on low flame. Add a lemon’s juice and honey, as per your taste in it. Take it off from the flame and let it cool. Drink when it becomes bearable. It will kill the bacteria and make you feel better during a sore throat attack.
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- Honey and garlic
Garlic is another natural decongestant which has been a part of various traditional medicines for cold and flu. Garlic helps to clear the mucus from the throat and clears it. Allicin is a compound that is present in the garlic, it has antibacterial properties. When you use garlic in combination with honey in a sore throat, it reduces the inflammation, kills the bacteria and soothes the throat.
To use honey and garlic for a sore throat, take 2-3 cloves of garlic and mince them well into 1/2 cup raw honey. Cover it and leave it for the whole night. Use only 1 teaspoon of this mixture added to one glass of warm water. Stir it and drink it.
Repeat using it thrice a day until you experience a betterment of a sore throat. Alternatively, you can crush and mice 10-20 garlic cloves and add 1/3 cup raw honey to it. Use only 1 tablespoon of it directly before going to the bed. Do not use it if you can’t stand with the taste of garlic.
- Honey with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a part of so many natural remedies and home solutions. To your surprise, apple cider vinegar along with honey makes a perfect remedy for a sore throat. ACV is highly acidic but it kills all the bacteria.
To use ACV and honey, take one cup of water and heat it. Add one tablespoon of raw honey in it and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix it well and drink it immediately. Repeat it in an evening or before going to bed. It will make the throat clear and infection to end. keep on using it until you see an improvement in a sore throat.
Alternatively, you can also use two tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water and honey as per your taste for gargling. Use it twice a day.
- Honey in black pepper powder
Black peppers are rich in beneficial health ingredients which help to get rid of a sore throat too. In combination with honey, black pepper powder is one of the best home based remedies for a sore throat.
To make this paste, take 5-6 black peppers, roast them and crush into a fine powder. Add only a pinch of this powder to half tablespoon honey. Use it directly with water in morning and evening. It will heal your sore throat in a few days only.
- Honey and orange juice
Everyone loves orange juice for its taste and the freshness that it provides to you. when it comes to a sore throat, orange juice is considered helpful. If you combine the orange juice with honey, the result is a mixture that can work well with any type of cold, cough or a sore throat too.
The amount of vitamin C that you get from orange juice is enough to kill the microbe which is making you sick. Honey helps to sooth the throat. To use this combination, take a glass of orange juice and slightly warm it. Add one tablespoon honey to it and mix well. Sip it till the end and let it work for you. You can use it once or even twice a day.
- Honey with cinnamon
One irritating part of having a sore throat is that you feel a continuous itch and swelling inside your throat. Adding cinnamon as an additional ingredient in honey will help to make this problem go away. Cinnamon is a natural ingredient that has anti-inflammatory properties. It makes the mucous lose and expels it from the throat.
To make this combination, heat one cup of milk and add a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder and one tablespoon honey in it. You can also use powdered ginger for the additional benefits but that is optional. Consume this mixture daily before you sleep until you feel a difference in your sore throat infection.
- Honey in cayenne pepper tea
Cayenne pepper is one of the natural analgesic agents which is used in herbal tea for daily use. In a sore throat, if the infection is not leaving you and is causing an extreme pain in your throat, you should try cayenne pepper tea with honey in it.
Or you can mix one drop of cayenne pepper oil in one teaspoon of raw honey and swallow it when there is an extreme pain in the throat. If the pain is moderate, it is better to make a tea by adding one pinch of cayenne pepper into one cup boiling water, a few drops of lemon juice and a teaspoon of raw honey.
This remedy is only for adults and using it on underage children may cause a side effect. It is not suitable for toddlers.
- Honey with ginger
Another natural painkiller is ginger which you can combine with honey for sore throat pain. This combination also kills the bacteria that cause a throat infection. To use this remedy, mix one teaspoon of raw honey and one teaspoon of freshly chopped ginger. Consume it immediately.
Or you can boil the ginger in water and add honey to it. Sip it with your tea. It will heal the throat and you will immediately feel better.
Tips to use honey for a sore throat
Honey is a natural product, yet you need to use it with care. For all the above-listed remedies, it is better to use raw and unprocessed honey. The honey which you may find at big stores near you is processed. The processed honey loses its impact especially when you are using it as a natural remedy at home. So, try to find organic honey.
Everyone can use honey and the remedies that include honey except for the underage children. You should never give honey to children under one year of age.
One thing that you may know while using remedies based on honey for a sore throat is that honey has a high amount of calories in it. If you are watching your diet or are following a strict diet routine, look for other options.
All the remedies that use honey may or may not work for everyone. Some remedies work best on a few people but don’t work at all on the rest. If you happen to know that some particular remedy is not working for your sore throat infection, try using any other.
It is important to use only one remedy at one time. Using them all together will not make any of them work for you. Also, check for the ingredients, if you have an allergy from any of the ingredient, do not use it.