Home remedies for a sore throat that bring you relief!
Air conditioning, open car windows, drinking cold drinks … In summer, we can also get a sore throat. What to do when the sun outside, the holiday is approaching and we feel worse and worse? Here are some home remedies for a sore throat worth trying – not just in summer!
Why does the throat hurt in the summer?
It is often said that the cause of a sore throat in summer is eating ice cream or being in the range of an air conditioner. Is it true? All “coolers” indirectly contribute to the weakening of the mucosa that protects the throat. In addition, the air in air-conditioned rooms is sometimes dry, which is also not conducive to the good condition of the upper respiratory tract. Rapid temperature changes are the worst – when on a hot day we jump into cool water, eat ice cream or leave a cool office straight into a sun-drenched street.
Such changes weaken the mucosa, which is why bacteria and viruses can get us more easily. In summer, we often suffer from angina, which is additionally manifested by fever and a whitish coating on the throat.
In order not to get sick during the holidays, it is worth remembering a few rules. First of all, avoid sudden jumps in temperature – do not deny yourself ice cream, but maybe not necessarily reach for it when we are very hot. Before we leave the office, let’s turn off the air conditioning a moment earlier – and so on.
Herbs for the throat – which are worth reaching for?
It is worth noting that if we have a sore throat, and in addition we have a fever, muscle pain or purulent raid on the tonsils, we should see a doctor as soon as possible. At home, we can act symptomatically and reach for herbs for the throat, mainly thyme, sage and marshmallow.
Thyme protects the mucosa and has an antibacterial effect – so it helps to get rid of pathogenic microorganisms inhabiting the throat. Sage also disinfects the throat and has anti-inflammatory properties, while marshmallow moisturizes the mucosa, protects the larynx and vocal cords.
Another way to deal with a sore throat of our mothers and grandmothers is to use a mixture of linseed. The best gruel is obtained by boiling the seeds for about 15 minutes on very low heat in the proportion of 1 teaspoon of seeds to 1 glass of water. The seed reduces dryness and the feeling of a scratchy throat, has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties and protects the throat mucosa.
Other remedies for a sore throat
What else can help us with a sore throat? Home remedies for this unpleasant ailment are also:
Using salt water rinses
Salt is antibacterial, so it can fight microbes in the throat. Prepare the solution by combining half a glass of warm water with a tablespoon of table salt. After mixing thoroughly, gargle – the taste is not the best, but according to many, it is one of the most effective home remedies for a sore throat!
This is a way not only for a sore throat, but also for a cough. Onion is a source of vitamin C, has a bactericidal effect, has expectorant properties. Prepare the syrup by cutting the onion into slices and sprinkling them with sugar. After a few hours the onion will release its juice, which we drink twice a day.
Use of rinses made of diluted hydrogen peroxide
1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide mixed with a glass of clean water will create an antibacterial gargle mixture that we can easily prepare at home and use even several times a day.
Sucking a clove of garlic
Garlic is said to be a natural antibiotic. Not only does it help to heal a sore throat, it can shorten the time of infection. If the intense taste does not bother us, we can use a natural substitute instead of classic lozenges.
Drinking lukewarm water with honey, lemon and ginger
It is a drink recommended for all infections – honey coats the mucous membranes and minimizes dryness and the feeling of scratching in the throat, lemon is a dose of vitamin C, and ginger warms up and has an analgesic effect.
Of course, we can use home remedies for a sore throat at any time of the year, not only in summer. When the pain continues, you will need to see your doctor.