Sore throat can be due to a lot of things. It is one of the symptoms you experience when you have colds or flu. A sore throat may strike often if you are a smoker. Exposure to polluted air as well as certain allergens like pollen, pet dander and molds can leave you with an aching and inflamed throat.
Luckily, a sore throat tends to go away in just a few days. There are also so many home remedies that are proven effective against it. One of the simplest things that you may do when a sore throat strikes is gargling with warm salt water several times a day. You may also drink a mix of apple cider vinegar and honey to soothe the throat.
A lot of people swear by the efficacy of sucking on a clove of garlic, something which boasts of superb antibacterial and antiviral properties. You may also place a small piece of ginger in your mouth and let its juice ooze down your throat, combating the symptoms of your sore throat with its anti-inflammatory properties. If you want, you may grate ginger and let it steep in a cup of hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey to make this anti-sore throat remedy taste nice.
Stepping foot inside the nearest pharmacy store allows you to get your hands on throat lozenges. They come in all sorts of colors and flavors — clear signs that these solutions for a sore throat are laden with chemicals!
If you want to attain relief from that pesky sore throat but you don’t want those small round things to flush tons of preservatives, and artificial colorings and flavorings down your gullet, fret not. You can easily make your own sore throat lozenges at home. They are just as effective as pharmacy-bought ones, but they contain no unwanted ingredients.
Are you keyed up to whip up some powerful homemade remedies for a sore throat? Follow the simple recipe below!
• 1 tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon of raw honey
• 1/2 teaspoon of ginger (grated)
• 1/2 cup of water
• 1 cup of sugar
• Powdered sugar
1. In a small saucepan, place 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. If you are watching your caloric intake or you cannot consume a lot of refined sugar, you may choose to discard this ingredient. However, you can expect for the taste of grated ginger which you will add later to be strong.
2. Throw into the mix your 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. It’s no secret that lemon juice is loaded with vitamin C, something that helps strengthen your body’s defenses against invading microbes. Supplying your body with vitamin C is a great way to speed up your recovery from that nasty sore throat.
3. It’s time to add your 1 tablespoon of ginger in the saucepan. Ginger is a well-known remedy for a sore throat and other inflammatory conditions. The presence of ginger in these homemade sore throat lozenges can help provide relief from the inflammation, and ultimately both itchiness and pain.
4. Give the ingredients a quick stir and turn on the stove to medium heat. Once simmering, stir once again. Turn to low heat and allow everything to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t forget to stir once in a while! Turn off the stove afterwards.
5. While allowing the mix to cool, grab a medium-sized baking sheet with parchment paper on it.
6. After a few minutes, check your mix. It should be slightly cooler and a lot thicker than before. Using a spoon, neatly place small dots of the mix on the baking sheet with parchment paper. Be careful as it can be very hot!
7. Cover the dots with powdered sugar. Make sure that everything gets an even coverage. This is done to keep the lozenges from sticking to once another once cool and placed in a container.