A sore throat is one thing most of us can count on getting at some stage this autumn or winter as the colder weather sets in. Even when we're wrapped up warmly, sometimes pesky bacteria can just get the better of us.
If you feel a tickly throat coming on, try these quick remedies to help you to catch it before it gets worse, or to soothe the pain until you can get to a doctor if needed.
1. Gargle salt water
This is the Irish mammy’s go-to remedy for a sore throat. Salt can help to reduce swelling and can also help to flush away bacteria in the throat. Gargle for 15 – 20 seconds and spit out and you should notice an ease in the pain.
2. Have a cough drop
Sucking on any kind of sweet increases saliva production which will soothe your throat. However for added benefits be sure to get cough drops with numbing or cooling aids like eucalyptus.
3. Keep hydrated!
Drinking enough water keeps your mucus membranes moist (ewww, we know) which makes them better equipped to fight bacteria. The more hydrated you are, the less likely you are to get a stuffed up nose and a head cold with that sore throat.
4. Tea, always tea!
Not only will hot liquid ease the pain in your throat, non-herbal teas (i.e. plain black or green tea) contain antioxidants which can help boost your immune system. Try to avoid milky drinks like hot chocolate though as excess dairy can increase production of mucus – not good if you’re harbouring a cold.
5. Chicken soup for the soul…and the throat
A good chicken broth is comforting and warming, but the sodium in the broth can also help to reduce inflammation in your throat. Soup is a great all-round choice if you’re having difficulty swallowing as it means you’ll get lots of nourishment without the pain of chewing and eating.