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Nov 3, 2020 at 12:01 AM
Throat discomfort is often a main symptom of colds, viruses, strep throat and more. Nasal drainage, infection, allergies and inflammation often cause some degree of throat pain. However, plenty of age-old natural remedies and herbal supplements exist to ease the ache.
In fact, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s 2000 study “Inflammation and Native American medicine: the role of botanicals” cites elderberry as a top-selling U.S. supplement that some native peoples have been using for centuries.
Good Housekeeping included elderberry in a February article as one supplement that may lessen symptoms of a sore throat. In September, Cleveland Clinic conveyed: “From cough syrup to lozenges, gummies to immunity juice shots, this rich source of antioxidants is considered by some to be a Holy Grail solution for treating colds and the flu.” The report also asserted that the Sambucus tree elderberry has not been proven to prevent or heal COVID-19.
Penn Medicine and Cleveland Clinic offered eight other at-home remedies to try before calling a doctor:
1. Saltwater gargle: Half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of warm water
2. Honey tonic: 2 tablespoons of honey dissolved in warm water or tea and consumed as often as desired
3. Lemon tonic: 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 8 ounces of warm water; drink as needed. Also provides vitamin C.
4. Herbal teas: Raspberry, chamomile and peppermint are pain relievers.
5. Humidifier: Use to add moisture to rooms you spend time in, especially when you are sleeping.
6. Chicken soup or clear broth, sipped slowly
7. Ice water and popsicles
8. Hot showers: Steam “loosens mucus and can moisturize and soothe a sore throat.”
A plug-in heating pad or heated herbal neck wrap also relieves throat discomfort, according to Heather Boyd Roberts, a naturopathic physician based in Vancouver, Washington. A dish towel soaked in hot water, wrung out and wrapped around the neck also does the trick to “increase circulation to the entire throat area …” resulting in healing and pain relief.