Cold and flu season is upon us. Most sore throats do not need antibiotics to treat them. Instead, a person suffering from a sore throat needs a strategy to sooth the throat. These tactics can help you feel better while you are waiting on your throat to heal.
Gargle salt water
A study in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that when people with a sore throat gargled salt water three times a day, forty percent of them saw an improvement in their upper respiratory tract discomfort. Salt can reduce the amount of bacteria in your throat, which also leads to faster resolution of a sore throat. To make a salt gargle at home, mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of salt. Gargle for 30 seconds three times a day.
A spoonful of honey
Honey is another natural infection fighter. Because it is so thick, honey works well to coat and soothe a sore throat. Choose honey that is darker in color, as this contains more antioxidants. Mix a heaping teaspoon of honey into a mug of hot water and the juice of half a lemon. This honey tea can calm coughing that is due to a sore throat and aids in healing.
Studies have found that peppermint contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which all will help your throat heal faster. Peppermint also contains menthol. This substance helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs. Look for mouth sprays that contain peppermint oil, not just ones that are peppermint flavored.