A sore throat is one of the most common health issues and as such finding an effective way to deal with it naturally can help us never resort to the typical medical treatments for it that all come with unneeded side-effects.
Why Not Use Conventional Medicine
First of all, a sore throat is generally not an ailment that is an emergency. As much as it affects our quality of life when we have to deal with it, a sore throat is not life-threatening on its own and it’s not something particularly difficult to cure. That’s why conventional medicine is not really the best way to go.
On one hand, conventional medicine always includes substances that are hard on our body in one way or another that most of the time put an unneeded burden on our livers and stomachs. On the other hand, most of the time sore throat treatments available over the counter will treat the symptoms without taking care of the root cause of having a sore throat. Because of those two facts, it’s a much better idea to deal with your sore throat using nature based remedies.
One of the things that can help alleviate the unpleasant feeling of having a sore throat in a natural way that comes with zero side-effects is having a nice cup of warm herbal tea. One essential thing to notice is that while a nice warm tea can be very helpful, drinking tea that is too hot might actually lead to further damage to your throat so make sure that what you are drinking is nice and warm instead of hot.
While most herbal teas will help, some are better at healing a sore throat than others. Good ones to go with are chamomile, fenugreek, peppermint, marshmallow root and slippery elm to name a few. There are two other ingredients you could add to your herbal tea to make it even more effective and those are honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Don’t overdo either, especially the lemon juice since its acidity can damage the inflamed lining of your throat if used in a higher concentration.
There are many herbs and plants that contain substances that can heal a lot of ailments quite successfully and while using them to make tea might be the most common and accessible way to take advantage of their healing powers, there is also a better way to achieve that. It’s using essential oils.
Essential oils are powerful extracts taken from plants that have remedial, cosmetic or dietary purposes that allow a higher concentration for enhanced effectiveness. The oils can be extracted in a number of different ways that are suited for the particular plant and the particular ingredient that makes them healthy and can include processes like steam distillation, cold pressing and resin tapping. As there are many essential oils and as they all have their own benefits, finding the best essential oil for sore throat in your particular case requires a bit of research as there are different recipes that can be applied in different ways.
There are two main ways to use essential oils to heal your sore throat – inhalation and topical application. Inhalation means breathing in the essential oil directly or indirectly. You can uncap the small bottle they are in and take a few deep breaths or you can put a few drops on a piece of cotton or cloth and breathe through it a few times.
The other inhalation option is to use a humidifier or a hot bath so the healthy substances in the essential oil can be released. The other option is topical application to the skin in the form of a compress or massage oil which would allow the active ingredients of the oils to be absorbed by your body through your skin. As there is a wide variety of essential oils that can help heal or soothe a sore throat, you can use more than one at the same time for an enhanced effect.