The different foods and ingredients that we can easily acquire in the markets are ideal for preparing hot drinks known to relieve sore throat.
Hot drink with lemon
One of the most effective home remedies to reduce the intensity of sore throat is a drink prepared with lemon, hot water and honey. Simply mix the juice of half a lemon and a spoonful (= teaspoon) teaspoon of honey in 250 ml of warm water. The flavonoids, antioxidant components that contain lemon will act to reduce inflammation of the throat. Like lemon, honey has anti-inflammatory properties. It also has an antibacterial effect due to its low pH, texture and low protein concentration.
Gargles with sea salt
Gargling with sea salt is a simple solution and can be repeated several times a day, as needed. For each teaspoon of sea salt use 250 ml of boiling water. Once the mixture cools, it can be used every 2 or 3 hours. Sea salt has antibacterial activity, which will limit the growth of bacteria responsible for throat discomfort.
Gargles with baking soda
An alternative to traditional gargles with salt is baking soda. Like salt, this product eliminates bacteria and is safe for health. It can even be added to the daily oral hygiene routine.
2. Homemade syrups to calm cough associated with sore throat
Homemade syrups are an excellent alternative to the syrups available in pharmacies that generally contain a wide variety of drugs. Just like hot drinks and gargarisms, they are prepared with foods and plants of easy acquisition.
Purple onion syrup
In addition to stimulating the natural defenses, purple onions contain antioxidants, and their antibacterial properties promote calming the discomforts associated with sore throats.
To prepare the syrup, simply boil in water bath 6 onions, chopped purple for 2 hours.
Let cool and add ½ cup of honey.
Then pour the mixture to collect the liquid or syrup, you can be drinking the syrup throughout the day and as you note need.
One of the properties of clove is to relieve pain, so it will have a calming effect on cough and sore throat.
The preparation of this syrup is simple: Place 5 or 6 teeth in 250 ml of honey overnight.
The next day, just remove the nails and the syrup is ready to be consumed.
The benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and stimulant properties. Chewing a clove can help with sore throat as well as toothache. Its ability to purify blood increases resistance to a multitude of diseases, including sore throats ( 1 )
3. Eucalyptus and sage to relieve inflammation of the throat
Many plants have properties that allow them to treat sore throats, coughs and itchiness. These include eucalyptus, recognized for its use in the treatment of inflammation of the airways ( 2 ). These medicinal effects would be attributable to a compound containing the leaves: Eucalyptus essential oil.
For internal use
Infusion: Infuse 2 to 3 g of dried leaves into 150 ml of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink two cups a day.
Tinctures and fluid extracts: They can be taken twice a day and the herbalist can indicate the appropriate dose.
Essential Oil: Consult a qualified aromatherapy expert before taking eucalyptus essential oil internally. Do not administer to children or pregnant women for any reason.
Inhalation: use a diffuser or pour 4 to 6 drops of essential oil into 150 ml of boiling water. Cover the head with a towel and inhale the vapors from the preparation.
Repeat three times a day.
For external use
Friction: pour 15-20 drops of essential oil into 25 ml of vegetable oil and rub the breast with this liniment three times a day.
Gargle: Infuse 10 minutes of 2 to 3 g of dry leaves in 100 ml of boiling water.
Rinse the mouth or gargle with the preparation filtered and cooled, two to three times a day.
Gargling can also be done by diluting 2 or 3 drops of essential oil in 5 ml of alcohol, to which 50 ml of water must be added.
The ESCOP (European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy) also recognizes the use of sage to treat inflammation of the airways and oral mucosa. The polyphenolic compounds contained in sage have antioxidant activity that helps to strengthen the immune system.
Gargle: Infuse 2 to 3 drops of essential oil into 100 ml of water or 5 ml of liquid sage extract in 100 ml of water, 3 times a day.
You can also use this infusion to relieve gum pain, caused by the use of dentures.