Sore Throat Saviours
There are few more irritating things than having a raspy, sore throat. Not only does it make humming, singing, and (worst of all) yodelling, painfully difficult to do, it can make holding any meaningful conversation extremely difficult.
Unfortunately, though, getting sore throats is part and parcel of cold weather, and more often than not, it’s an early warning sign that a full-blown cold is just around the corner.
So, what can be done?
Thankfully there are few answers to this question. And more thankfully still, none of them involve anything other beautiful natural products.
So, if you’re suffering from a sore throat and miss yodelling in the shower, try some of our favourite all-natural sore throat saviours and get yourself on the mend.
It may come as no surprise that honey is number one on the list of natural sore throat saviours. It has antibacterial properties which help to kill the infection, as well as being high in viscosity, which allows it to create a protective barrier to prevent further infection.
Try mixing a tablespoon of Paul Paynes English Honey into a mug of hot water and a slice of lemon for the ultimate, comforting throat-soothing drink.
Drinking honey and lemon is undoubtedly one of the better ways of treating a sore throat, some people even drink it for sheer pleasure. However, for the truly hardcore, there’s a less delicious, but equally potent solution which will do the trick.
It’s quite simple - just mix a half-teaspoon of table salt into a full glass of lukewarm water. Then just gargle the solution as deep as you can to help reduce the swelling and clean the throat, and repeat roughly once every three hours.
Marshmallow root is a well-known anti-inflammatory, which has been used for its healing properties since the ancient Greek times. Its ability to soothe and reduce swelling makes it a prime ingredient in the battle against sore throats.
You can rustle up a cup of Marshmallow Root Tea quite easily from the comfort of your own kitchen - just mix a tablespoon of organic marshmallow root and a teaspoon of peppermint herb into a cup of hot water, and leave to steep for around 4 minutes. Easy as anything.
Liquorice can be one of those divisive flavours like Marmite or Irn Bru, but unlike both of those things, it has the benefit of helping to soothe sore throats. It’s been used this way in India since ancient times, but although effective, should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Just mix some Organic Liquorice Root in a cup of hot water and leave to steep for 3-4 minutes, then strain it and enjoy the soothing feeling as your sore throat disappears.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If someone told you to go and gargle some vinegar, you may think that they’re using some peculiar insult on you. Well, if you don’t have a sore throat, then you may be correct in your assumptions.
However, if you are indeed suffering with a sore throat, perhaps they’re trying to give you some solid advice on how to naturally treat it. Apple Cider Vinegar has some fantastic antibacterial properties, so it’s handy for fighting bacterial infections.
Just mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup of water, gargle it, and then swallow a small sip. Repeat this twice an hour and make sure to keep hydrated in the time between the gargling.
So, if you’re tired of croaking and wheezing, give any of our top natural sore throat saviours a go, then sing with joy as you start to feel better.