Sore throats are cause by viral and bacterial infections. We’ve all experienced the discomfort of a sore throat, but many people don’t know there’s a way to treat them naturally and effectively without spending money on commercial cold and flu remedies. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol will provide temporary relief from a sore throat. Honey is believed to be a natural remedy to help with sore throats, and many people choose to consume it with hot tea to speed up recovery. This natural remedy has been used for many years in treatment of this ailment.
BENEFITS OF HONEY FOR SORE THROAT:
- Honey has great antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which help to fight against and eradicate bacterial and viral infections.
- Honey has anti-inflammatory properties that work to lessen inflammation and swelling, whilst soothing any irritation within the internal glands, mucus membranes, and skin.
- Honey contains an enzyme known as ‘glucose-oxidase’, which works to fight against infections.
- Honey works as a hypertonic osmotic, meaning it helps to drain water from the affected and inflamed tissue, reducing swelling and pain.
HONEY LEMON TEA
Things you need: You need 1 cup water, 2 teaspoons raw honey, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and little sugar if needed.
Method: Pour water into a mug. Add honey and heat in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir in lemon juice, mixing until honey is dissolved, then stir in the sugar. Consume warm.
HONEY AND TURMERIC
Turmeric is an anti-biotic. It kills the bacteria or virus which causes sore throat.
How to use: Mix 1 teaspoon of raw honey with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder to make a paste. Swallow this mixture several times daily until sore throat is gone.
HONEY, LEMON AND GINGER
Lemon juice is anti-microbial and contains vitamin C.
How to use: Crush or blend 3-inch ginger root, then squeeze it to extract juice. Mix ginger juice and 3 tablespoons each of raw honey and lemon juice. Drink several times a day whenever your throat is irritated.