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6 Natural Treatments to Soothe an Elderly Loved One’s Sore Throat

With several homemade remedy options for soothing a sore throat, your senior loved one can alleviate the symptoms without using medication. Altamonte Springs senior home care experts share 6 natural remedies for a sore throat, and many of the ingredients can be found in your loved one’s kitchen.

1. Cinnamon Spiced Tea

Add one or two cinnamon sticks to 1 ½ cups of boiling water and continue boiling for up to 3 minutes. Remove the cinnamon and use the water to steep your loved one’s favorite tea, then add sweetener and enjoy. Cinnamon has antioxidant properties, and the aroma can open congested sinuses.

2. Ginger Tea

Peel and chop a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root. Boil the root in 2 or 3 cups of water for up to 5 minutes and strain. Add honey to taste before giving it to your loved one. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties in addition to its ability to clear sinuses and loosen and expel mucus.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide Gargle

Combine a capful of regular hydrogen peroxide with a capful of warm water. Ask your loved one to gargle with this solution for as long as he or she can tolerate it. Antimicrobial organisms that thrive in oxygen-deprived environments cannot withstand the effects of the hyper-oxygenated solution.

4. Milk and Honey

When your loved one’s throat becomes dry and raw, a combination of warm milk with honey can help coat irritated tissues while soothing the discomfort.

5. Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranates are a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which can help your loved one fight infection. The astringent properties of the juice also decrease redness and swelling by constricting tissues. You or an Altamonte Springs caregiver can also make a tea for your loved one by boiling the rind from 1 fruit in 3 or 4 cups of water.

6. Sage Gargle

In addition to being a popular seasoning, sage is also a time-honored medicinal herb. Along with being antimicrobial, sage acts as an astringent. Put 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh sage leaves in a cup, then add 1 teaspoon of salt and some boiling water. Allow the mixture to steep for up to 20 minutes. Strain and give it to your loved one to gargle throughout the day as needed.

Natural remedies are usually safe and effective and have been used for centuries to relieve symptoms of illnesses. With help from Home Care Assistance, your loved one can receive the support he or she needs to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In addition to encouraging your loved one to try safe, natural remedies, our knowledgeable caregivers can help him or her complete daily tasks such as preparing nutritious meals, grooming, and exercising, and we also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia care Altamonte Springs seniors can rely on. Call a Care Manager at (407) 232-7155 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about our in-home care services.