10 natural remedies for a sore throat

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We are all familiar with that sensation of itching, itching and pain when swallowing that we call a sore throat. Some episodes of pharyngitis (the most technical term for miserable condition) come with colds or flu, while others are alone to create their misery. No matter what the cause, these time-tested natural remedies served by the best doctors will make you feel better in a short time.

The best part? You probably already have most of them in your kitchen to save you a trip to the pharmacy. Even better, some home remedies give you good reasons to revisit the joys of childhood. (Lollipops and chicken soup? Yes, please!)

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one Honey

Some research shows that honey works better to relieve a sore throat than a placebo and dextromethorphan, a common over-the-counter medication. Not only does it give the throat a protective layer, but it also has antibacterial properties. "Honey contains a compound that converts to hydrogen peroxide in addition to other antimicrobial compounds," says Caroline Roberts, M.D., assistant director of residence at UNC Family Medicine. "However, children under one year old should not be given honey because of an increased risk of botulism."

two Frozen meals

"This is your excuse for ice cream," says Joseph Ladapo, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine in the research division of general internal medicine and health services at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "Anything that is frozen (ice itself, frozen popsicles, frozen yogurt) numbs the tissue and nerves and reduces pain." Also, who wouldn't feel a little better after indulging?

3 Teas

"Hot drinks can be soothing to the throat," says Dana Neutze, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor at UNC Family Medicine. "There is a small amount of evidence that herbal teas, including marshmallow root, licorice root and the inner bark of the elm, help with pain, but the reason is unknown." A popular research backed by research that combines all three is the traditional throat layer of medications. . Ginger, sage, thyme and chamomile teas can also be worth it.

4 4 Salt water gargle

There is a reason why your mom or grandmother probably told you to do this. "A gargle of salt water helps with swelling and keeps your mouth clean," says Monika Jindal, MD, a Denver Health doctor. "Most recipes suggest ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt per cup of warm water." It is completely safe (and easy to use the wallet) to try several times a day while having pain.

5 5 Chicken Soup

"Chicken soup is the most commonly prescribed home remedy for sore throat and cold symptoms," says Dr. Roberts, "and there are actually data that prove that it works by inhibiting the migration of neutrophils, the components within of your body that cause inflammation in the throat. " "However, he points out, the research has not been conducted in humans, and the homemade recipe used in the study worked better than store-bought ones.

6 6 Potato poultice

Don't touch this until you try it. "Cook the potatoes and squeeze them, wrap them carefully with a cloth while they are hot, then cover them with a second cloth," advises Andreas Michalsen, M.D., Ph.D., author of The cure of nature. "Apply it on the neck and leave it for a few hours." It works like a heating pad, stimulating circulation in the area.

7 7 Garlic

"This is my personal remedy of choice, although it is not a popular one," says Dr. Neutze. "There is not much solid evidence beyond a small study, but it is believed that allicin in garlic has antimicrobial properties."

8 Supplements

You should probably talk to your doctor before you start taking random supplements, but Dr. Roberts says there is research that supports the use of zinc or elderberry to lessen symptoms. "Another natural remedy that has data that shows a good benefit in the treatment of sore throat, especially in children under 6 years old, is Pelargonium sidoides root extract," she says. "This is also called South African geranium, and it has been found to reduce both the severity and duration of sore throats in children."

9 9 Vicks VapoRub

Usually, we don't think of conventional products as "natural", but the beauty of Vicks VapoRub, which turns out to be a star of the Good Housekeeping label, is that it works topically. When rubbed on the chest, neck or back, the traditional camphor, menthol and eucalyptus ointment can temporarily relieve discomfort and help you breathe better. In addition, it can be used in children up to two years, so it is a less medication to take by mouth.

10 Humidifier

While anecdotal evidence abounds, there is not a great deal of solid evidence that shows that a humidifier can relieve a sore throat. However, it probably doesn't hurt to try. The idea is that dry air can exacerbate throat irritation, but a humidifier adds moisture to the air and makes you feel more comfortable. Our Good Housekeeping Institute likes the Honeywell Cool Mist humidifier for its quick results and easy cleaning.

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