There are many possible causes for sore throat, the most common being a bacterial or viral infection, allergy, or pollutants. Some of the most obvious symptoms of sore throat include red throat and painful swallowing, which might be accompanied by fever. Cough as well, can be brought about by different causes: an upper respiratory infection that results in irritation of the upper airways, mucus from the nasal passages, and pollutants. Though there are many ways to cure sore throat and cough using over-the-counter medication, but then again there are also more natural ways to cure these ailments. Here are some ways to cure sore throat and cough using natural products:
Try expectorants for coughs. If you are suffering from cough with phlegm, you should never take medicines that are formulated to suppress coughs, or which are intended to dry up mucus. The best way is to purchase expectorants, which help loosen phlegm and which will cause you to emit it. Opt for natural expectorants available in health food stores. If you are suffering from dry cough, on the other hand, it’s best that you buy natural anti-irritants that will work to calm and soothe the lining of your upper airways.
Drink plenty of fluids. It’s very important that you drink plenty of warm fluids whenever you have cough or sore throat. Warm water, herbal tea or fruit juice are good choices. On the other hand, avoid diuretics (such as coffee and soda) as they will flush out much-needed liquid from you body via urine.
Try vegetable remedies for cough. Two popular and effective remedies are carrot juice and cabbage tea. You could also extract the juice of boiled leeks and drink it with honey. Another solution is onion juice: slice a raw onion, drizzle honey on it and leave it overnight. The next day, extract two teaspoons of juice from the onion and take the liquid every two hours.
Try herbal remedies. For cough with phlegm, drink hot teas with herbs such as marshmallow, hyssop or thyme. For dry cough, try licorice tea.
For sore throat, gargle thyme, yarrow or sage tea three to six times daily. In the case of sage tea, you should mix it with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
Try aromatherapy. For persistent cough, try steam inhalations with a few drops of peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil. As an alternative to steam inhalations, you could place two drops of the above-mentioned oil on a handkerchief, so you could inhale the aroma even while you’re on the go.
In the case of sore throat, you could gargle with warm water mixed with two drops each of lemon oil and sandalwood. Make sure that you spit out the water after you gargle. You could also gargle with warm water mixed with three drops of geranium or lemon oil. Another way is to do steam inhalation with very hot water combined with two drops each of eucalyptus or pine oil, and two drops of peppermint oil. You should do this treatment for 5 to 10 minutes, two times daily.
Remember, as with any type of ailment, the best way is to do preventive measures. You should also remember that though natural remedies are typically a safe alternative, you should know when it’s time to seek medical help. Seek medical help when your symptoms last longer than a few days, or if you experience severe symptoms.