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Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Sore Throats Quickly

Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Sore Throats Quickly

Sore throats can occur for many different reasons—whether it’s from a cold, decline in immune function, changes in the weather, seasonal allergies, or just yelling for your favorite team too long at a sports event (hey, it happens!). Whatever the case, there are many wayswhich aren’t made from chemicals to get rid of sore throats quickly. Most over-the-counter drugs on the market sold for sore throats are filled with artificial ingredients such as dyes, sweeteners, and flavors that are best to avoid whenever possible. So, check out these natural options that are more affordable, possibly more effective,and might just be made with ingredients you already have in your home to get rid or sore throats quickly!

1. Raw Honey

Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

    Raw honey is a classic ingredient that has been used for many years to treat a sore throat. Honey is a natural emulsifying agent and provides a coating to the throat which helps relieve soreness quickly. Honey is most effective for treating a sore throat if you consume it in a warm glass of water such as in herbal tea or plain hot water with a teaspoon of honey stirred in. Choose raw honey that has not been pasteurized whenever possible since it contains more antibacterial properties than pasteurized honey. Just keep in mind that honey is high in natural sugars which may spike blood sugar levels. A teaspoon or two a day should be plenty without overdoing it.

    2. Sea Salt + Water

    Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

      Gargling sea salt and warm water is another natural remedy you can use to get rid of sore throats quickly. While it might not be as pleasant as honey, it is very effective. Sea salt helps break down mucus and also helps provide alkaline minerals to the throat which help to relieve inflammation. Choose a high-quality sea salt (not iodized) for the most benefits, and use at least a full teaspoon of the salt mixed in 8 ounces of water. To make this blend, heat some water just below boiling and stir in a teaspoon of sea salt. Pour into an 8 ounce glass and gargle in the back of your throat. Remember not to swallow it since it won’t taste very pleasant; just gargle in the back of your throat for a full 30 seconds if you can.

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      3. Slippery Elm Root (or Tea)

      Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

        Slippery elm is a natural root that also acts as a coating agent and an emulsifier so it soothes and relieves very quickly. For this reason, it’s even helpful for digestive issues related to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Slippery elm root helps the body release mucus and coats the throat so pain dissipates. A tea-based remedy will be more effective than pills for this use, so choose an herbal tea formulated for throat care that contains slippery elm whenever possible. Drink a few cups a day for best effects. You can also purchase slippery elm root at a health food store and boil your own tea. You’ll need 1 inch of slippery elm root per 16 ounces of water if you go this route. Boil the root and water together, steep for at least 10 minutes, and drink throughout the day.

        4. Licorice Tea

        Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

          Licorice tea can be used for many natural remedies including relieving sore throats. It has cleansing and soothing effects that can help relieve pain and inflammation. Look for licorice tea at your health food store or a blend that contains licorice root. Just don’t confuse this natural remedy with licorice candy—you won’t get the same effects with the high sugar treat! Also, be mindful that those with high blood pressure should not use licorice root as it can stimulate the release of excessive energy in the body and may increase blood pressure levels as a result.

          5. Peppermint

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            Peppermint tea, oil, and fresh mint are all wonderful for relieving pains of many kinds, including sore throats and inflammation. The menthol in peppermint coats soothes the throat quite nicely, and it sends sensations that signal pain relief in a short amount of time throughout the body. Drink a few cups of peppermint tea per day, make a hot tea with warm water and a very tiny drop of peppermint oil, or you can boil fresh mint to make a peppermint tea at home. If you brew your own tea with fresh mint, use at least 8-10 leaves with 16 ounces of water and steep. Remove the mint and drink throughout the day.

            6. Echinacea

            Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

              Echinacea has been used for many years as a remedy for treating colds, coughs, and more. The herb is particularly wonderful for opening up pathways in the throat, which can help relieve tightness and pain associated with sore throats. Try a hot cup of echinacea tea which you can find sold in tea bags at any health food or supermarket. Many herbal teas formulated for colds will also include it as well. Drink a few cups a day while hot and sip your way to a less painful throat in no time!

              7. Warm Water + Lemon

              Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                You can use this natural remedy to treat sore throats quickly with ingredients you have in your own home. Prepare some hot water and add the juice of a lemon. Let a slice of the lemon steep in the water for even more beneficial effects and then drink as you would a cup of hot tea. Lemon is full of antioxidants and vitamin C that can help flush mucus and toxins from the body, and it’s particularly soothing and wonderful for your immune system as well. If you tolerate sugar well, feel free to add a drop of honey for an extra boost.

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                8. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar + Water

                Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                  Apple cider vinegar has many uses that make it one of the most well-loved ingredients to keep around your home. The ancient “do-it-all” vinegar is also great for sore throats. It works by relieving pain, inflammation, and it even contains probiotic cultures which can speed up healing. Just be sure not to drink it straight or it will burn your throat—definitely not what you want! You should also buy raw, organic apple cider vinegar with “the mother”, which means that the probiotic cultures in the vinegar are still alive and active. To use this natural remedy, warm up a cup of hot water and let it cool down just a bit where it’s just above room temperature. Then add one teaspoon or two of raw apple cider vinegar. Sweeten with honey (or a non-sugar option such as liquid stevia) to mask the taste of the vinegar if you need to. Drink and repeat a few times a day.

                  9. Marshmallow Root Tea

                  Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                    Before you go and buy a bag of sweet marshmallows, hold on! That’s not the kind of marshmallows we’re referring to here. Marshmallow root is actually a real plant, sort of like ginger root and it has amazing natural properties that help coat and soothe the throat. It’s also pleasant-tasting though not as sweet as the candy many of us grew up learning to love. Marshmallow root tea can be bought in bags at a health food store and it is sold in loose leaf form in select health food stores, or you can order either of the two options online. Many tea blends formulated for colds and sore throats will include marshmallow root in the blend along with some of the other herbal options above such as slippery elm and licorice root. Drink marshmallow root tea a few times a day for the best effects when you want to get rid of sore throats quickly.

                    10. Warm Broths

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                    Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                      Chicken bone, vegetable, and even beef bone broth can all be used to get rid of sore throats quickly. They contain many vitamins and minerals as well as soothing effects that ease pain and coat the throat while also nourishing the body. Broth is a great option if you can’t muster up an appetite to eat meals because of your sore throat too. While you should attempt to eat some foods to get enough calories, drinking broth is a wonderful addition to your healing routine. Do your best to choose organic options and even better, hormone-free options if you’re choosing a chicken or beef-based broth. If you want to make your own, that also works too. Either drink one 8 ounce cup of broth per day or dilute less broth with some water and drink several cups a day.

                      11. Ginger + Lemon Tea

                      Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                        Ginger and lemon are a dynamic healing duo, and they don’t fall short in this case either. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory root and works well with lemon’s healing properties in relieving a sore throat. Take a piece of ginger root at least 2 inches thick and one whole lemon cut into quarters. Let this pair of ingredients steep it in 4 cups of hot water for at least 10 minutes (I like to do this in a French press). Drink like you would a normal batch of tea, and feel free to add some honey for more benefits along with sweetness if you tolerate natural sugars well. For a less effective but much easier route, you can also buy lemon ginger tea tags. Just be sure to choose a dependable brand of tea that uses whole ingredients, not teas that are merely flavored.

                        12. Zinc Lozenges

                        Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                          Finally, if you want something more potent but don’t want to resort to chemical-based cough drops just yet, opt for zinc lozenges made with whole herbs and essential oils. There are many great brands on the market that cater to those seeking more natural options. Zinc boosts the immune health, and unlike chemical-filled sore throat lozenges that are medicated, herbal zinc lozenges help get rid of sore throats quickly but also boost immune health naturally without drugs.

                          For more tips on how to get rid of sore throats, you might also like to see these food-based remedies you might not know about just yet!

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                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                          I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                          1. The Inner Critic

                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                          • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                          2. The Worrier

                          This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                          The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                          3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                          This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                          How can you control these squatters?

                          How to Master Your Mind

                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                          For the Inner Critic

                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                          For the Worrier

                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                          • Muscles tense

                          Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                          Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                          For example:

                          If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                          For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                          • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                          • Muscles tension

                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                          Breathe in through your nose:

                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                          Breathe out through your nose:

                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                          Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                          For the Sleep Depriver

                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                          2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                          From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                          • Shut down your thinking.
                          • Calm your feelings.
                          • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                          The Bottom Line

                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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