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Natural Home Remedies to treat Pharyngitis

Pharyngitis is the medical condition that results due to an infection at the back of the throat which results in continuous pain, discomfort, and itchy feeling in the throat. Some cases of Pharyngitis are acute which can heal in one to seven days while the chronic cases may take up to several weeks for full recovery.

The most common cause for Pharyngitis is the viral infection like that of the common cold or can also be due to fungal infection.  Common symptoms of Pharyngitis are as follows.

  • Itchy throat
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble while swallowing
  • Appetite loss

While most cases of Pharyngitis tend to heal themselves, but just in case, we present to our readers a few of the home remedies to treat Pharyngitis.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper is considered to be one of the most effective remedies for treating Pharyngitis. The ingredient is packed with a compound named Capsaicin. This compound acts as an agent with the following properties.

  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-inflammatory

It helps to reduce the swelling as well as the pain by fighting the infection.

  • Add half tsp of Cayenne pepper in 1 full glass of hot water. To make the taste better, add in some lemon juice as well. Gargle on it a few times a day.
  • Mix half a tsp of Cayenne Pepper with some honey and lemon juice and add all of them in 1 cup of hot water. Drink this liquid a few times a day.

Salt Water

One of the simplest yet effective remedies for treating Pharyngitis at home is to gargle on simple salt water. Slat helps by killing the bacteria or virus that causes Pharyngitis.

  • Mix 3 tsps of salt in 1 cup of hot water.
  • Mix them well until salt is dissolved.
  • Gargle on this water but avoid swallowing it.

Slippery Elm

Use of Slippery Elm for treating Pharyngitis is one of the traditional home remedies. Slippery elm has in it mucilage which is a substance that when making contact with water, makes a gel. The gel coats itself on the throat to provide comfort from irritation as well as helps to reduce inflammation and the pain.

  • Add 2 tsps of slippery elm bark in 2 cups of hot water
  • Cover the water container to let it steep for at least 5 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid and drink it 2 times a day.

Licorice Root

The use of Licorice Root in alternative medicines dates back to thousands of years, especially for treating problems of the throat. The compound has certain immune stimulating properties making it one of the effective remedy ingredients.

  • Mix 1 tbsp of powdered licorice root in 1 cup of hot water.
  • Cover the liquid and let it steep for a few minutes.
  • Strain the liquid and in it, add 1 tsp of lemon juice.
  • Drink this liquid a few times a day.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root also secrets a substance with mucilage that forms a gel-like substance when making contact with water. It provides instant relief from throat itch.

  • Mix 1 tbsp of powdered marshmallow root in 2 cups of hot water.
  • Cover the liquid and let it steep for a few minutes.
  • Strain the liquid and add some honey in it.
  • Drink 2 cups of it at least, once a day. 

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