It can happen that the tonsils become acutely inflamed, and they can swell up. If the inflammation reaches the throat, this can turn into pharyngitis. Such infections are often accompanied by a fever and a sore throat, mainly during swallowing. From the first signs of such an illness, consult your doctor, who will diagnose the type of sore throat you are suffering from, which could be viral (in 50 to 90% of cases) or bacterial. Children from 5 to 15 years old are the most susceptible to such infections, particularly in winter and at the beginning of spring. So how can you treat the symptoms?
1) Clay poultices: an effective natural remedy for sore throats
Apply a thick layer of clay (in the form of a cold paste) to your throat and cover it with a towel or a fine cloth. Leave it to work for 2 hours and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Gargle several times a day with hot or tepid water. You can use one of the following ingredients as long as there are no contra-indications (ask the advice of your doctor):
- bicarbonate of soda
- sea salt
- common mallow
Boil one of these ingredients in water, reduce it by half and strain it before using it to gargle.
3) Lemon juice and honey
Squeeze a half a lemon and add the juice to a glass of tepid water with a teaspoon of honey. Mix it all together and drink it! This is the best natural syrup to drink in the case of a cold, a sore throat, a cough, etc.
Lemon and honey both possess beneficial antiseptic properties which help heal viral and bacterial infections.
You will find propolis in a variety of forms: chewing form, in tablets, in honey or as a spray. It is great for calming a sore throat and for strengthening immune defenses.
5) Pine bud syrup
Pine bud syrup is an effective and natural syrup for easing a sore throat, treating sinus infections and colds.