Sep 252017
Safe and Natural Ways To Treat Sore Throat

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15 million people with sore throat visit the doctor every year while natural, safe and inexpensive home remedies work as well as potentially hazardous pharmaceuticals.


Approximately 15 million people in the USA with sore throats visit the doctor every year with up to 70% receiving antibiotics even though only a much-smaller percentage actually suffer from strep throat: about 20 – 30% of children and as little as 5-10% of adults. The average cost of a medical visit for a sore throat can cost anywhere between $150 and $300, depending on what tests are ordered and the medication that is given. Emergency Department (ED) visits for the same reason are even more expensive.

While it is sometimes necessary to seek professional medical assistance for a sore throat, many times a good natural remedy will work just as well as potentially hazardous pharmaceuticals. Not only are you being environmentally responsible but you are protecting your body from an array of chemicals that are often prescribed when not necessary. There are countless natural, safe and inexpensive home remedies for you to try when it comes to soothing and healing a sore throat.

Natural remedies for sore throat:

Sage and water / Wheatgrass juice
Sage and water have great throat-soothing properties and can be used to ease swollen and painful nasal passages as well. Some recipes call for a mixture of sage, brown sugar, vinegar and water while others simply suggest you steeping a tea with dried sage leaves and hot water. A quick gargle and spit with Wheatgrass juice helps to prevent bacteria growth and eases a sore throat. It is also said to help rejuvenate inflamed gums and lessen toothache.

Apple cider vinegar
If a bad cough has left your throat raw and inflamed make sure to get hold of a bottle of apple cider vinegar. Germs will not be able to survive the acidic environment created and your throat will have time to heal. Gargle using a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water. If you are looking for a gentler treatment add half a teaspoon of honey to the mixture.

Clove tea and tomato juice
Simply add 1 to 3 teaspoons of ground cloves to warm water, allow it to steep for a few minutes and gargle. Cloves contain great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can heal and soothe a sore throat rapidly. Another alternative is to gargle with a mixture of tomato juice, warm water and hot sauce. The antioxidant properties of the lycopene will aid the throat in healing faster.

Natural remedies for sore throat not withstanding, if your throat is coupled with mild to severe symptoms such as a very high fever, headache and vomiting it is recommended to seek professional medical advice. As much as we would like to take full responsibility for our healing there are times when we need to seek out assistance. If children are unable to eat or drink due to a sore throat urgent medical care is required before they become dehydrated.

Contributed by Lucy W. (