I’m sure most of us have heard from a grandparent or an elder that saltwater can be used as an herbal treatment to cure strep throat. If you haven’t, we are here to inform you that saltwater as a holistic remedy is an actual thing. It’s almost as famous as the use of organic essential oils for colds. The ancient natural remedy was commonly performed in Japan and is still used in households across the nation today, possibly because it works.
Aside from your grandmother suggesting that her homemade, all-natural herbal medicine (saltwater) indeed helps with a sore throat, studies show the technique is successful. One study conducted by the Department of Public Health and International Health found that “simple water gargling was effective to prevent URTI’s among healthy people.” Another 2013 study from the International Journal of Preventive medicine discovered salt water gargling to be more active towards respiratory tract infections than seasonal flu shots.
These studies, along with the experiences of millions of people, prove the natural holistic remedy of gargling salt water can prevent sickness and help cure a sore throat. It also shows that ancient herbal treatment never goes out of style.
How Does Salt Water Ease Sore Throat
The effectiveness of this herbal treatment derives from gargling water mixed with salt. That’s right! The ingredients are as simple as combining the two substances. The salt pulls away water and fluids from tissues surrounding the throat. A salt barrier is also created, which helps to block bacteria from infecting the oral area. Water, being the most important substance needed for survival and healing, helps to clear the pathway while providing necessary nutrients to the body.
How to Gargle Salt Water
Gargling salt water is quite easy. First, you would want to add about a ½ of a teaspoon of natural salt to an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Use the spoon to mix in the salt. Pour the saltwater into your mouth to where it’s comfortable to keep in place without spilling out or swallowing. Tilt your head up and hold the liquid in your throat. Rinse around the mouth to cleanse before spitting it out.
Don’t fear to swallow a little bit of the water. It’s not recommended but will most likely happen. The tiny bit of water can help with dehydration and clearing built-up mucus. Still try to avoid swallowing.
How to Improve the Taste and Effectiveness
Since saltwater can come with a sour taste, some people are known to combine other ingredients. Garlic, honey, lemon, lime, and agave are just some of the few. If you’re one who’s sensitive to the taste, try incorporating either of those additional substances.
As for effectively preventing strep throat, especially during holiday seasons, try including essential oils into your routine. Organic essential oils work as anti-infective properties that soothe inflammation, dominate restorative function, and encourage the breakdown of mucus.
Try taking a few drops of Teramune’s Cough & Throat For Sinus for a combination of organic essential oils. This natural cough medicine serves as an herbal treatment soothing the upper respiratory pathways. In addition to rinsing with salt water twice a day, these organic essential oils should get you through flu season breathing freely and feeling your best!