Gargling is a simple and remarkably effective way to kill germs and soothe a sore throat. Try one of these 10 homemade gargles to effectively relieve throat pain.
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Salt and water
This age long method still work till date. Mix 1⁄4 teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water. (Use the hottest water you can comfortably tolerate. You can add 1 tablespoon of Listerine for germ-killing power. The briny solution helps neutralize acids in the throat, relieving the burning sensation and promoting fast healing of irritated mucous membranes.
Lemon and water
Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 1 cup of water for this home remedy for sore throats; the astringent juice will help shrink and soothe swollen throat tissue and create an acidic environment for viruses and bacteria.
Green tea is effective in fighting off infections naturally. Next time you brew a cup, make a little extra and gargle with some of this remedy to kill any bacteria your sore throat may be sheltering.
Apple cider vinegar and salt
Germs can’t survive in the acidic coating that apple cider vinegar form on your throat. If your throat is left raw by a bad cough, gargle with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water; use several times a day if needed. For a gentler treatment, combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon every four hours.
In a 2009 study, it was discovered that post-operative patients who gargled with a licorice solution were less likely to develop a sore throat post-surgery. Licorice root can soothe a sore throat and get rid of cough-inducing phlegm. Mix one teaspoon of licorice syrup or powder with eight ounces of water and swish.
Turmeric and water
Scientists believe that this yellow spice is a powerful antioxidant and it has the strength to fight many serious diseases. For a sore throat remedy, mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of hot water and gargle.
Sage and water
This herb can soothe a sore throat and ease painful or swollen nasal passages. Sage can even boost your brain. Use 1 teaspoon sage, 1⁄2 teaspoon alum, 1⁄4 cup brown sugar, 3⁄8 cup vinegar, and 1⁄8 cup water to gargle your throat. Repeat twice daily for best results.
Ginger, honey, and lemon in water
Mix 1 teaspoon each of powdered ginger and honey, 1⁄2 cup of hot water, and the juice of 1⁄2 squeezed lemon. Pour the water over the ginger, then add the lemon juice and honey, and gargle. Honey coats the throat and also has mild antibacterial properties.
A quick rinse and spit with this chlorophyll-rich liquid helps prohibit bacteria growth and ease throat pain. Apart from soothing sore throat, wheatgrass juice also helps to stop toothache pain and revive weak gums when it’s held in the mouth for about five minutes
Add 1 to 3 teaspoons of powdered or ground cloves to water, then mix and gargle. Cloves have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and heal a sore throat.