It’s that time of year. Cold and flu season is setting in. Sore throats are usually the first symptom of these illnesses and can be very painful. There are lots of sore throat soothers you already have in your kitchen to help you feel better fast.
1. Salt Water is an Age Old Remedy
This is one of the most popular home remedies for a sore throat because it works. Mix a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and gargle. It relieves a sore throat quickly. Salt is very healing for a sore throat. Even munching on some salty chips or pretzels can help your throat to feel better.
2. There’s Nothing like a Soothing Cup of Hot Tea
When I feel a sore throat coming on, I immediately fix myself a cup of hot tea. It’s comforting. The heat of a cup of tea is one of the most effective remedies you can find in your kitchen. Tea also has antioxidants in it which are good for your body. It’s good to keep a stash of tea in your pantry for cold and flu season.
3. A Spoonful of Honey Will Quiet a Cough
This was surprising but makes sense. Honey can soothe a sore throat and quiet a cough. The thick texture of honey coats your throat. In fact, some studies have shown honey to be more effective than cough or sore throat medications. While you shouldn’t throw your cough syrup out, having honey on hand is a good idea, too. And because honey is all natural, you don’t have to worry about it affecting medications your doctor may have prescribed.
4. Chill It with a Popsicle
Popsicles feel very nice on a sore throat. The cold numbs your pain. This is the reason that cold food items are so often given to children recovering from a tonsillectomy. This may be the ultimate choice for relieving your sore throat. Ice cream and Jell-O are good choices, too.
5. Make Yourself a Creamy Dreamsicle Drink
If you love the flavor of dreamsicles then you can enjoy it in this drink. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a glass of orange juice and stir for a creamy treat. You get a yummy drink while orange juice helps boost your immune system. Sometimes orange juice can burn your throat when it’s sore but adding the scoop of ice cream can prevent that from happening. OJ is a great infection fighter when you’re sick and can help you recover faster.
6. Hard Candy is Always a Favorite Sweet Soother
Hard candy can feel good to a sore throat. Most of us have some in our kitchen that can be a great stand in until you get some throat lozenges. While all hard candy can feel soothing, some are better than others. Horehound, peppermint and lemon drop candy are all wonderful choices that are soothing to a sore throat. Give one of these flavors a chance the next time you’re dealing with a sore throat. You may be amazed by how much relief they give.
7. Mom Knew What She Was Doing with Chicken Soup
It turns out that the bit about chicken soup being good for you when you’re sick actually has merit. This very interesting article by ABC News goes more in depth about how exactly this works. Basically, there are properties in chicken soup that help your body heal faster from respiratory illnesses. It doesn’t have to be homemade, either. Canned chicken soup can offer your body benefits, too.
These are 7 sore throat soothers that you already have in your kitchen. They can help you dull the pain of a sore throat or maybe even head it off completely. What works for you when you get a sore throat?