Gargling is the simple yet effective way to kill germs and calms sore throat that is caused by coughing.
There are some natural ingredients that can be used to gargle. Besides they are cheap, if we use them regularly and correctly, they are effective to minimize sore throat.
To soothe throat, you can gargle with salt solution. Mix ¼ teaspoon of salt with one glass of warm water. Gargling with this solution 4 times a day helps moisten respiratory tract, neutralizes acid in throat, reduces heartburn and accelerate the recovery of irritated mucous membranes.
Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice in one glass of water to make lemon solution. This astringent helps shrink the swelling in the tissues of the throat as well as prevents viruses and bacteria to develop in throat channel.
Ginger, honey and lemon solution
Mix one teaspoon of ginger and one teaspoon of honey and juice of ½ lemon in ½ glass of warm water and use the solution to gargle. Honey contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that are good for throat.
While ginger has calm effect for itchy throat and lemon is rich of vitamin C, which can boost body immune system and reduce phlegm.
This yellow spice is a strong antioxidant, and it is effective to fight some serious problems. For sore throat, mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric and ½ teaspoon of salt in one glass of warm water.
Mix one to three teaspoons of clove to one glass of warm water. Clove has antibacterial and anti-inflammation property that can soothe and cure sore throat.
Green tea is well known as natural herb to fight infection. Try to gargle with green tea solution twice to three times a day to soothe sore throat.
Apple vinegar and salt solution
If your throat is itchy because coughing, gargle with apple vinegar solution because germs will not survive to live in throat that is coated with acid.
Mix one teaspoon of apple vinegar and salt in one glass of warm water. Use this solution to gargle several times a day. For further medication, mix ¼ glass of apple vinegar and ¼ glass of honey, consume one tablespoon of this solution every 4 hours.