The itchy, scratchy uncomfortable feeling that can overpower your throat can be connected to a multitude of inconveniences – from the common cold to simply yelling too enthusiastically at a sporting event. A sore throat is a common symptom for many conditions and it’s no fun. When you want an alternative to the many over-the-counter products geared towards this kind of discomfort, consider exploring the effectiveness of natural cures for sore throats.
Causes of Sore Throat
There are many different factors that can play a role in the development of a sore throat. Sinus drainage called post nasal drip can contribute to throat issues. Common viruses, such as the viruses associated with mononucleosis (mono) and the flu can bring blisters and soreness in the mouth and throat . Bacterial infections, such as strep throat, cause soreness.
Throat dryness and soreness can develop when you breathe through your mouth or smoke tobacco. Some medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and taking certain antibiotics, can create a throat to become sore. A sore throat that lasts for more than two weeks can be a sign of a serious illness, including throat cancer and AIDS.
Sore Throat Natural Cures
Having a sore throat is bound to happen at some point in your life. Depending on the cause of your soreness, you may also experience scratchiness, difficulty swallowing, trouble talking, dryness, swollen red tonsils, and sometimes, white patches or pus on the tonsils. To treat these symptoms, the following natural cures for sore throat may help:
Taking echinacea offers antiviral and antibacterial properties for someone battling a sore throat, which speeds the healing process.
While horseradish is a popular herb in the kitchen, it can come in pretty handy when you need to treat a sore throat.
c) Kava Kava:
When gargling with kava kava, you can provide soothing pain relief for a sore throat. The natural remedy also helps address issues of insomnia that often accompany sore throats and coughing.
With antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, myrrh is a powerful natural treatment that can calm the symptoms of a chronic sore throat.
The tincture of barberry can prevent strep from compromising the lining of the throat. It is suggested to add 15 to 20 drops into 1/4 cup of water for three times daily. Repeat this remedy for 10 days to see the best results.
f) Garlic Oil:
When a sore throat is making it difficult for you to swallow, take three to four drops of garlic oil that has been added to ¼ cup of water. Use this remedy as a gargle.
g) Echinacea, Oregon Grape and Myrrh:
Combine 30 to 60 drops of each tincture (echinacea, Oregon grape and myrrh) in a small amount of water. Take the remedy every two hours for the first day of doing. You can then take it every four hours.
h) Salt Water:
Add one teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water to create a gargle that treats a sore throat. Use the solution three times per day.
i) Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey:
When you first feel the effects of a sore throat, mix three tablespoons of honey with one cup of unfiltered apple cider vinegar as a gargle. Follow up by gargling with lukewarm water, which helps remove the germs associated with a throat infection and irritation.
j) Slippery Elm:
Not only does slippery elm help treat a sore throat, but it also works towards preventing the wheezing and coughing that worsens your condition. In some cultures, slippery elm was made into a tea that is gargled . A thick decoction of the plant is best. Others have chewed the bark of the plant to ease sore throats.
Add two teaspoons of sage leaves to one cup of boiling water to make a gargle for your sore throat. After pouring the boiling water over the sage leaves, leave the blend for about 20 minutes. Strain the contents and add a bit of salt before gargling. Store the remaining liquid in the refrigerator, which will keep for a few days.
The ancient plant called hyssop is a member of the mint family, and can help treat a sore throat with its antiviral properties – especially when your throat issues are linked to the common cold and excessive coughing .
The sweet root of licorice has a reputation for soothing sore throats. However, don’t overdo this natural cure because of the dangers of regular use. Some people have experienced serious side effects.
With the ability to fight inflammation and treat discomfort, marshmallow (the plant) can prove beneficial for treating a sore throat. It is suggested to drink three to five cups of marshmallow tea to see results.
 Herbs for Health and Healing by Kathi Keville; pg. 136.
 The People’s Pharmacy Healing Herbs and Home Remedies by Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon; pg. 236.