A sore throat is often the result of a cold, allergies, a viral infection, dry air, pollution or overuse such as excessive talking or singing. A sore throat may cause pain, itching, irritation or may make it difficult to eat or swallow food & liquids. The truth is, no one enjoys a sore throat! Today I’m sharing tips to help you soothe your sore throat, naturally!
Dry air from cold weather or air-conditioning can aggravate a sore throat. Humidifiers are an excellent way to increase the humidity (also known as moisture) in your room, house or office. Humidifiers are easy are a great way to add moisture to the air!
Diffusers are also great! A diffuser is smaller than a humidifier, yet also adds moisture to the air. A diffuser is convenient to place on a desk, countertop of the bedside table. Fill a diffuser with filtered water and also essential oils to naturally scent a room as well as diffuse nourishing compounds into the air. For example, eucalyptus oil is believed to help lessen congestion. Lavender oil is great for helping to calm & reduce stress.
A sore throat can also be the result of nasal congestion or a postnasal drip. It’s easy to create an at-home “steam room” with a pot of hot water & a towel! To get started, heat filtered water in a pot, then transfer to a table or counter on a safe surface. You can steam with just hot water or add a drop of essential oil to breath in, such as eucalyptus oil! Then place a linen over your head and lean over the pot of steamy water. The linen will help trap in the steam. Breathe deep & enjoy the warm steam for 3 – 10 minutes. Be careful because steam can be very hot!! Be careful to heat the water, not boil & also keep your face at a safe distance from the pot of hot water. Never steam over a stovetop with the stove on.
Staying hydrated is crucial when you are feeling under the weather & when experiencing a sore throat. Filtered water is best however you can also enjoy hot lemon water, decaffeinated herbal teas and fresh fruit juice to hydrate. Tea is also a fantastic way to nourish the body!
Below are some great teas to enjoy when experiencing a sore throat or feeling under the weather:
Licorice Root has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce swelling, irritation, and soothe the mucus membranes in your throat.
Chamomile is naturally antibacterial, and is often used as a painkiller and muscle relaxer, not to mention it is delicious!
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Ginger has a spicy flavor profile that can help open sinuses and break down mucus. Ginger can also help improve blood circulation, improve digestion and reduce nausea or an upset stomach.
Cinnamon contains antioxidants and also has a spicy flavor profile that can help to open up the sinuses.
Honey has antibacterial properties and may help coat the throat when it is dry. Be sure to select raw local honey and be aware that some people, especially small children may have an allergy to it.
Lemons once consumed have an alkaline effect on the body, which can you’re your balance PH levels, which is great for overall health! Add a slice of organic lemon to hot water or a cup of tea and enjoy!
Last but not least, when you’re not feeling your best rest is best. When you sleep your body has time to heal & repair. Take it easy & we hope you feel better soon!