By Elycia Lee
It’s that time of the year when many of us fall sick, and one of the most common sicknesses is of course, sore throat. But then again, sore throat happens very often, and some might find it a waste of money to visit the clinic for such a small matter. Even so, you’d still want to get better as soon as possible, right?
So, here are several ways to relieve your sore throat (if it’s not too serious) and hopefully they may help you get through the week, especially for those who are having their finals.
Remedy 1: Honey
Here’s a pleasant, sweet cure for the throat. Honey mixed in warm water, tea or simply taken straight up has long been a home remedy for sore throat. Studies have shown that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may also help speed healing for sore throats.
Remedy 2: Salt Water
First sweet, now salty. Several studies have found that gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat, break down secretions and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria.It is recommended to dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water, or for a more accurate ratio, one teaspoon with 8 ounces of water.
Remedy 3: Water
Water is important, no kidding. Staying hydrated is an important part of treating a sore throat. When you’re dehydrated, your body is unable to produce enough saliva and mucus to keep your throat naturally lubricated. This will make the swelling and inflammation worse and you will need even more fluids to help ease the pain. If you think plain water can get a bit bland for you, then try warm teas or warm soups. Any drink will do as long as you drink often.
Remedy 4: Cough Syrups
This is quite similar to honey, but unlike honey, it’s not a natural remedy. Over-the-counter cough syrups can help ease soreness, even if you don’t have a cough (yet). Like drops and sprays, they coat the throat and provide temporary pain relief.
Personal recommendation: Warm Honey Lemon Water! (WHLW)
I would suggest making WHLW as the honey water itself is a wonderful throat relief. Moreover, lemon contains citric acid which helps break up the mucus that causes sore throat and is rich in vitamin C, a good boost for the immune system. Lemon is also a natural antiseptic which helps to kill the bacteria or viruses in the throat. Its juice increases salivation and helps to moisten or lubricate an irritated throat to get rid of the sore throat.
It’s really easy to make WHLW! Just follow these simple steps:
1. Get a fresh lemon and slice it to a thickness of your own preference, then boil them in hot water (the amount of water depends on how much honey lemon you wish you make).
2. Pour it into a cup to cool then add honey while cooling. Adjust the sweetness using honey.
Voila, you’re done! 🙂