Which spice will help with a sore throat
The best home remedies for a sore throat
The agony of choice: which home remedy for a sore throat?
Whether it's a scratchy throat, pain when swallowing or hoarseness - sore throats have many facets. Home remedies are more gentle than antibiotics for typical cold symptoms such as sore throats.
Potato wraps, gargling, herbal teas, inhaling - there are many tips and home remedies that can help against sore throats and shorten the course of the disease. It is not easy to make a decision. We present five effective home remedies for coughs and sore throats.
Herbal teas for sore throats: sage and chamomile
In the UK, a cup of tea is the typical first reaction to bad news - for reassurance. But tea is also a great home remedy for colds such as coughs, sore throats and runny nose.
Herbal teas with sage, ginger, thyme or chamomile are particularly effective in treating throat diseases. The ingredients help to loosen the mucus in the throat and the essential oils have an antimicrobial effect against bacteria and viruses.
Boil water, pour on it and let it steep for at least ten minutes so that the active ingredients of the herbs can fully develop. Then enjoy warm. Drink several cups a day!
For a sore throat: potato wrap
If you have a persistent cough, the throat must be kept warm. The inconspicuous potato is particularly suitable for this. It provides the necessary heat for the sick throat.
For the potato wraps, first boil the potatoes, then mash them and let them cool down a little. Then fold a tea towel lengthways and spread the mashed potatoes on it. Then close the cloth and put the warm wrap around your neck.
tip: The potato wrap can be easily attached to the neck with a scarf or shawl!
Home remedies of the gods: honey
Sweet, tasty and also healthy - it is not surprising that the ancient Egyptians discovered honey for themselves. The World Health Organization (WHO) also recommends the consumption of honey for coughs and colds. Because honey has an antiseptic, calming effect on the mucous membranes and disinfectant, i.e. it fights pathogens.
You can slowly dissolve the honey straight in your mouth or add a spoonful of honey to each cup of warm tea. Honey can also be used very well to sweeten healthy apple cider vinegar drinks because of its sweetening properties.
tip: Manuka honey is very effective. This acts as a natural antibiotic!
Effective herb: arnica
As early as the 16th century, arnica was known in herbal books as a medicine and for relieving pain, bruises and inflammation. Today arnica is a natural pain reliever that is widely used in homeopathy and is also recommended for sore throats.
The ingredients of arnica fight against germs, have a pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect. The plant ingredient helenalin probably plays a major role in this.
As a tea or tincture, arnica is used to gargle for sore throats and coughs. In the pharmacy, arnica is available in the form of globoli, tablets or as a tea.
Healing spice: ginger
The super bulb ginger is a real superfood. The plant is not only versatile, it is also extremely healthy. Ginger contains the hot substance gingerol, which stimulates blood circulation and thus strengthens the body's immune system. The essential oil of the root also lays like a balm on the irritated mucous membranes and so relieves the discomfort.
Fresh organic ginger is the most effective. Simply peel some ginger, cut it into pieces and pour hot water over it. Then let the ginger tea steep for ten minutes and then take the pieces of ginger out of the glass or cup. Because the longer the ginger stays in the water, the hotter the liquid becomes.
tip: Cinnamon can also provide relief from a sore throat. Just add some cinnamon to your ginger tea and stir in the spice. This not only helps wonderfully, it also tastes pleasant.
Note: Ginger tea is also suitable for gargling. If you want to gargle the ginger solution, you should let the ginger soak in the water for at least half an hour to a full hour!
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