With the cold weather setting in, it is essential we prepare for the cold and flu season, so here are some top tips for ensuring your favourite pastime isn’t ruined by a pesky sore throat:
Tip #1 from the NHS Website:
– The NHS advises to drink plenty of water, but avoid hot drinks – you need to increase your fluid intake to help your body heal, but hot drinks could jeopardise the process!
Tip #2 from Healthline:
– Healthline, an health website dedicated to helping people be in good health say that enjoying a drop of honey in some tea might help; they add, “You might consider choosing a green tea, which serves as an antibacterial, pain reliever, and rich source of antioxidants, as well as helps reduce inflammation.” Simply add a drop of honey in next time you feel that sore throat approaching.
Tip #3 from ChiuTips:
– YouTuber Jennifer Chiu make videos entirely about health, beauty and wellbeing; as someone who suffers with hayfever, allergies and repetitive sore throats, she knows how important it is to stay healthy in these winter months. Jen suggests popping a couple of drops of Eucalyptus Oil into some boiling water and inhaling the steam with the aid of a towel over your head (it makes more sense if you try it!)
Tip #4 from health.com:
– Health.com, another website full of handy health tips and tricks suggest a super tasty remedy! They say that even marshmallows could help with a sore throat; “Sap from the marshmallow plant has been used for hundreds of years – usually in tea form – to treat coughs, colds, and sore throats” and whilst it may be very different to the sweet treats of the same name may help as the gelatin in them can coat and sooth the throat.
Tip #5 from Home Remedies & Health Tips:
– Another YouTube Channel, HR&HT provide a free service for general and educational purposes to help inform the general public of general health advice. In their video on sore throats, they suggest that the key to recovering is vitamin C; one of the key vitamins needed in our body, vitamin C, or lack thereof can answer for many common illnesses including colds and sore throats. Whilst you can take vitamin C tablets, other naturally high sources of vitamin C include fruits such as apples and oranges.
Bonus Tip! From HomeYog:
– HomeYog is a YouTube channel devoted to wellbeing, the word Yog being a Sanskrit work meaning well being. In their video, they have a bit of a wacky approach to curing a sore throat; cutting up one large potato, boiling it until soft, draining the juices through a nylon sieve into a cup and drinking 1/2 a cup of this remedy, hot, three times a day. Would you try it?
If you would like to learn more about any of these remedies, then please see the links included in the blog.