No one wants to fall prey to a sore throat, which can leave your voice hoarse and make swallowing painful. Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply go to your fridge or pantry to find relief? Well, you can! Many natural sore throat remedies are staples you probably have on hand.
Gargling with saltwater is a tried-and-true method to relieve sore throat pain. You can use baking soda in place of salt if you like. All you need to do is mix 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt or baking soda with a glass of water. Gargle with this mixture every three hours to achieve the best results.
Saltwater helps reduce sore throat pain by drawing out fluids from tissue in the throat area. This reduces swelling, which in turn reduces pain. As an added benefit, gargling with saltwater can help flush out the virus causing your sore throat.