Sore throat is a common problem especially during the winter months. If you are suffering at the moment, you can quickly get rid of the problem with some of the throat pain relief methods listed below.

Throat pain or sore throat refers to pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat. It can feel worse when you swallow.

A sore throat can be painful, affect your day, and interrupt your sleep. But there are things you can do to soothe the pain and irritation naturally.

 

Natural Throat Pain Relief

Honey

  • Mix some honey in tea or take it on its own.
  • Often, throat pain is made worse if you also have a cough. A study found that honey is more effective at soothing night-time coughs than standard cough suppressants.
  • Other research has demonstrated that honey is an effective wound healer, so can help ease inflammation associated with a sore throat.

 

Salt Water

  • Salt helps kill bacteria.
  • Gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat. To make a saltwater solution, put a half-teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water and stir. Gargle every three hours or so.

 

Chamomile

  • Chamomile is naturally soothing. It is effective in reducing pain and inflammation.
  • It contains compounds and other flavonoids which exhibit antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
  • To use:
  • Make a strong tea by steeping 2tsp dried chamomile flowers in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Add honey and lemon for improved results.
  • Alternatively, let the tea cool and use it lukewarm to gargle three to four times a day.

 

Heat

  • Use a warm compress to keep your throat warm and soothe tender lymph nodes.
  • Use a heating pad or hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, or wet a towel with hot water and wring out the excess before placing on your neck.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

 

Garlic

  • Garlic has anti-inflammatory and natural antibacterial properties which can help reduce sore throat.
  • Sore throat is a common symptom of the common cold. Studies have shown that taking a garlic supplement every day can help prevent the cold virus. Add fresh garlic to your diet as a way of gaining its antimicrobial properties.
  • The most effective way to use garlic for sore throats is to chew a raw clove, or suck on a slice, for 15 minutes. Though it may not be an idea you relish, it is very effective for throat pain.

 

Cayenne Pepper

  • Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a natural compound known to block pain receptors and so relieve pain.
  • Mix cayenne with warm water and honey for pain relief from sore throats. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, maximum pain relief comes after three to seven days of treatment.
  • There are several ways to use cayenne pepper to relieve throat pain.
  • Note: When using cayenne, there can be an immediate burning sensation when the cayenne makes contact with the irritated and inflamed throat tissues.
  • Do not take cayenne if your throat has open sores.

 

These are some natural throat pain relief methods to ease your sore throat, but if symptoms persist or get worse, be sure to speak to your doctor.