This season is linked with sore throat, flu and cold. People get a bout of these just every other day. So, they take a full course of antibiotics the overuse of which can contribute to resistant bacteria, so doctors now ask patients to think twice about asking for prescriptions.
Sore throat do not need Antibiotics for its treatment. Because they are often caused by viral, not bacterial infections. That means antibiotics won’t help. We have some natural solutions, however, that may make you feel better.
Honey mixed in tea or simply taken straight up has long been a home remedy for sore throat. Scientific studies have confirmed this natural wonder works. Studies have also shown that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may also help speed healing for sore throats.
According to Student Health Services at the University of Connecticut, gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also known to help kill bacteria in the throat.
The University of Puget Sound adds that a salt water solution consisting of a half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water can help reduce swelling and keep the throat clean.
The University of Maryland Medical Center proclaims that peppermint has menthol, which helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs.
A 2011 study also found that a combination of five herbs, including peppermint, when used in a spray solution, improved sore throat more than a placebo. A 2008 study reported peppermint contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, which may help encourage healing.