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Maybe it came about because you were cheering at your school’s football game, or maybe it’s due to allergies or the flu, but either way you’ve got it– a dry, scratchy, irritable, possibly swollen, sore throat.
It’s awful. It makes it difficult to swallow and can even make it difficult to talk. But lucky for you, everyone in our house has a sore throat so I took it upon myself to find the top 6 home remedies for a sore throat!
Staying hydrated is very important, especially when your throat is irritated or inflamed. Drinking enough liquids keeps your mucous membranes moist and better able to fight bacteria & allergens.
2. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is a go to in our house for any type of illness. Not only does it help you get your liquids, but the sodium in broth has anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Saltwater Gargle
This goes along with the sodium in chicken broth concept, but gargling with salt water several times a day can help reduce swelling & rinse out bacteria.
Not only is honey good tasting, it actually has healing properties. Several studies have found it to be effective with upper respiratory infections, coughs, and sore throats. Try it with some hot water & lemon!
This one is a little strange, but it’s not really marshmallows themselves, it’s the marshmallow plant they come from. I guess, Marshmallow Root contains a mucous like substance that coats & soothes a sore throat. An excuse to have marshmallows when you’re sick? Why not?!
6. Hot Chocolate
This one is something I do personally. It’s not backed my medical studies, but it works for me every time. I think it’s a combination of getting more fluids, mixed with the soothing heat on my throat and hey, if you add some marshmallows you’re really killing two birds with one delicious stone 😉
A SIDE NOTE:
I asked my mom if she knew any ways to cure a sore throat and she told me that when she was little her grandmother would have her gargle HYDROGEN PEROXIDE!! hahaha ew! Maybe it works lol, I didn’t even bother researching it–it sounded too gross!
Let me know the home remedies you like to try in the comments below!
Good luck you guys! I hope you cure your sore throats!