Sore, painful and uncomfortable throat is a common health problem that often serves as first sign of cold. It’s quite common and almost everyone suffers from it at least once in his/her life. However, in some cases it may also be a result of strained vocal cords, or in some rarest cases, an indicator of more serious problems like strep throat. Whatever becomes the cause, the first thing that you seek while suffering from it is relief, as quickly as possible! If your problem isn’t severe, home remedies given below can help a lot in relieving your sore throat:
Lemon helps in removing mucus, so you can use it for curing sore throat in following ways:
- Mix the juice of half a lemon into a glass of warm water. Now add a teaspoon of honey for taste and sip the solution slowly.
- Alternatively, dilute the juice of a lemon with a glass of warm water and gargle with it.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
The antibacterial properties of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) make it second best remedy for curing sore throat. Like lemon, it can also be used in two ways:
- Mix equal amounts of ACV, lemon juice and honey into a cup of warm water and drink the solution slowly. Do this two – three times a day and you’ll see the effect soon.
- Or if you wish, you can make a gargle solution with ACV too. Take a teaspoon of ACV and another teaspoon of salt and mix both of them into a cup of warm water. Gargle with solution several times a day.
- Salt Water
You might’ve heard about this one already. Gargling with salt water also helps a lot in relieving sore throat by cutting phlegm and reducing inflammation. Just mix half teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water and gargle with solution four times a day. If you don’t like the taste of salt, you can add a teaspoon of honey to the solution. But keep in mind that you don’t have to swallow the solution – just gargle and spit the water out. It’ll give you instant relief.