Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

All families pass down pearls of wisdom when it comes to the treatment of common ailments such as sore throats. However, occasionally advice that may seem like a simple 'old wives tale' passed down through generations may actually have some merit as the best thing for a sore throat.

Top sore throat home remidies

Give your body a break until you are feeling better
  • Gargling warm, salty water - gargling this several times a day can reduce the swelling in the throat and loosen mucus. It will also help to flush out irritants and bacteria.
  • The selective use of lozenges and sprays - Many lozenges will no more help your sore throat than they will the state of your teeth, as they are generally full of sugar. However, the types of lozenge or spray containing numbing ingredients may be of benefit and will help to soothe and dull the pain. Difflam™ Spray, for example, can be used every 1.5 to 3 hours to deliver lasting relief from a sore throat for both children and adults.  
  • A teaspoon of honey - added to a hot drink, honey can often make the fluid more palatable and at the same time, it has antibacterial properties that could help you to heal faster.
  • Chicken soup - it's important with any kind of illness to get sustenance from nutritious foods. Chicken is widely regarded as one of our healthier types of meat, known for its low fat and energising high protein content. In addition, poultry contains all the B vitamins, which are instrumental in contributing towards a healthy digestive system and maintaining healthy skin and hair. What's more, the sodium in a chicken broth will act as an anti inflammatory and because it's a liquid, this dish is far easier to consume when suffering with a swollen throat.
  • Finally, the use of a room humidifier - as it's most likely that a sore throat will strike during the winter months, it's important to rest and keep warm whilst the virus causing the condition has taken hold. However, the air inside our homes at this time of year is usually very dry - a downside to central heating - so when you are in the grip of this affliction, the moist air a humidifier affords will help to keep nasal passages and throats lubricated for a faster recovery. (A hot steamy shower or bath can often have the same effect.) In addition, the kinds of airborne viruses that inflict coughs and colds on us spread far less abundantly in moist air compared to dry air, so the use of a humidifier could actually help to prevent further outbreaks, as well as transmission to your family and friends.

UK/DIF/15/0002c Date of preparation: November 2015