When wind and weather rage, we often suffer from an inflamed and aching throat. Home remedies relieve the pain and soothe the sensitive mucous membranes in the throat.
The spicy sage is not only a tasty herb but also a versatile remedy, whose anti-inflammatory properties have been proven for sore throat and other cold symptoms. The fresh leaves can be simply chewed or prepared as a tea. For tea, add a teaspoon of fresh or dried sage leaves to a cup of boiling water, infuse for 5 to 10 minutes, then sip or use lukewarm to gargle. If you want, you can also make a very strong tea and inhale it over a pot. Then use about twice the amount of leaves.
With its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic ingredients, chamomile is ideal for home remedies for sore throats and dysphagia. Pour a teaspoon of dried herb with 200 ml (7 fl oz) of boiling water and let the tea soak for five to ten minutes. Either gargle or add a slightly larger portion and inhale the warm vapors under a towel. Cigarette smoke can also cause a sore throat, as it greatly irritates the sensitive mucous membranes. So better stop smoking as soon as possible.
The wild mallow contains mucus and tannins, which provide relief in inflammation of the mouth and throat. Mix a teaspoon of flowers with a cup of cold water. Let the tea soak for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, then strain. Drink three cups a day, but no more than a week at a time, because the mucilage reduces the absorption of drugs and nutrients in the body. Pregnant women should not drink the tea because it promotes the contraction of the uterus.
The ginger root contains an essential oil, which consists of various analgesic and expectorant substances that are just right for a sore throat. Already at the first sign you drink a cup of ginger tea three times a day and under certain circumstances you can nip the cold in the bud. Peel a thumb-sized piece of ginger with a teaspoon, cut into slices and dash with a cup of hot water. Let the tea soak for ten minutes and drink in small sips.
When the kernels of the quince are put into water, the outermost layer wells up and forms a healing mucus, which covers the throat like a protective mantle. For this, sprinkle a portion of quince kernels with eight parts of cold water and shake vigorously. Let the mixture stand for some time until the mucus has formed – preferably overnight. Then gargle for a few minutes. Never chew the seeds. They taste extremely bitter and contain cyanogenic glycosides.
Mostly pain in the throat are forerunners for an annoying cold. So you do not even get sick, you should strengthen your immune system daily. Vitamin C does a good job in this, as it eliminates free radicals and protects our immune system. High levels of vitamin C include acerola cherries, rose hips, seabuckthorn berries, black currants, red peppers, strawberries and kiwis.
The essential oils in common lavender are not only balm for the soul but also a first-class expectorant for inflammation of the throat. For inhalation, place three to four drops of lavender essential oil in a pot of hot water, put a towel over your head and shoulders, and inhale the hot water vapor deep through your mouth. Keep your eyes closed. Inhale for about five minutes, then dry your face and relax. Repeat two to three times a day.
The resin in the leaves of cistus contains essential oils and polyphenols, which are said to fight bacteria and viruses and strengthen the immune system. In sore throat, a tea is mucus-dissolving and inhibits the inflammation. Mix 1 tbsp of dried herb with 200 ml (7 fl oz) and bring to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer on low heat for about five minutes, then strain and drink.
If the throat is scratching and hurts, an old and simple home remedy can help: the quark wrap. Spread a cloth finger-thick with quark and place with the marked side down on the affected area. Wrap another piece of cloth over it and wrap it like a packet on the sides. Leave on until the cottage cheese feels dry. It cools the affected area, inhibits inflammation and relieves pain – simple but effective. Then lie down, cover well and rest.
When linseed is soaked in water, a mucus forms which protects itself over the inflamed mucous membranes in the throat. For this, stir in a teaspoon of ground flaxseed into 250 ml (1 cup) of cold water and let it stand for about half an hour. Then strain the liquid with a fine-mesh sieve or a clean linen cloth and gargle.