It usually starts with a small scratchy feeling in the throat and swallowing can very quickly become an agony.
Sore throat usually means that the mucous membrane of the throat has become inflamed and irritated. The pain can radiate up to the ears and the lymph nodes in the neck area can often swell up as well.
In this case, it is important to avoid alcohol and cigarettes! Drink lots of tea and get some fresh air, as this tends to relieve the discomfort.
If the pain and discomfort does not subside after three to four days, it is advised to see a doctor.
Here are some ideas of how to soothe a sore throat:
Gargle salt water (1 tbsp salt in 1 l water) several times a day,
Gargle a strong sage tea several times daily.
Tablets with Epsom salt, Icelandic Moss, sage or thyme can alleviate discomfort.
Gently rub the sides of your neck from top to bottom once a day for five Minutes, so as to increase the lymphatic drainage.
Grandma's secret tip
Cloves can bring some relief to a sore throat (and also for toothache!). Chew on a little clove every now and then throughout the day (no more than 3!)
The SORE THROAT SYRUP is one of my favourite recipes for a sore throat, which is wonderful for children too.
Chamomile reduces inflammation, mallow flowers are expectorant and
protect the irritated mucous membrane, sage disinfects and has an astringent effect.
These herbs are an effective combination for a sore throat.
As soon the throat scratches and hurts:
Adults take 1 full tablespoon several times a day,
Children from 6-12 years 1 teaspoon 3 times a day,
Children from 2-5 years ½ teaspoon up to 3 times a day.
Let it sit in the mouth for a moment before swallowing OR stir into lukewarm tea.